Ground Improvement

Parking Garage

Parking Garage

Scope

Michels installed 64 micropiles to construct a deep foundation system for an existing parking garage. The parking lot had a shallow foundation and was experiencing settlement.

Although a foundation system had already been selected for the project, Michels redesigned it to include lower capacity piles that utilized stock material and a more practical installation procedure. Michels used three drill rigs to install the new micropiles.

Through value engineering and the size of its equipment fleet, Michels was able to lower the cost of the project, decrease material lead time and expedite the installation of the new deep foundation system. As a result, the parking structure was put back into service in a timely manner and future damage to the facility was avoided.

Michels installed 26 micopiles with a 275 Kip capacity and 38 micropiles with a 100 Kip capacity. One micropile load test was performed for each of the designs. Both tests were completed successfully.

Projects

Michels designed and installed an Earth Retention System (ERS) for a new pedestrian tunnel that was bored under three live Metra and Union Pacific rail lines.

Foundations

Metra Lombard Station

Illinois

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Metra Lombard Station

Michels worked in close proximity to live freight and pedestrian rail traffic and overhead rail signal lines to construct a temporary pedestrian train platform.

Foundations

Train Platform

Illinois

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Train Platform

Michels built caissons and installed H-pipes for the Torrence Avenue Bridge along the Grand Calumet River.

Foundations

IDOT Torrence Avenue

Illinois

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IDOT Torrence Avenue

Michels built 458 secant piles and 100 caissons in 90 days for a 10-story, 600,000-square-foot building on the site of the new McDonald's corporate headquarters.

Foundations

110 N Carpenter

Illinois

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110 N Carpenter

Michels Corporation completed a deep foundations package for a rail bridge to carry the Rock Island Metra tracks over tracks used by Amtrak and freight trains, eliminating at grade crossings.

Foundations

Metra Flyover Bridge

Illinois

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Metra Flyover Bridge

Michels scope of work is to install 242 drilled shafts to support the piers for anew bridge. The installation of the drilled shafts was completed with the simultaneous use of up to four drill rigs. Utilizing barges, 233 drilled shafts were installed in the river. Michels crews also installed 7-foot and 10-foot permanent steel casing into bedrock for each shaft.

Foundations

I-74 Mississippi River Bridge

Illinois

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I-74 Mississippi River Bridge

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