Foundations

Carter Hotel Demolition

Carter Hotel Demolition

Scope

Michels, one of the Nation's largest deep foundations contractors, installed 12 soldier piles for a permanent precast concrete retaining wall. Each soldier pile consisted of a 24-inch wide flange beam weighing 279 lbs per foot and was installed in 42-inch diameter and 13.5 feet deep rocket sockets in basalt bedrock.

Though Michels crews completed the installation in spring, the team still faced harsh working conditions: the temperatures ranged drastically from -18 to 45 degrees. The project was completed adjacent to the remaining building foundations and in close proximity to the neighboring building, resulting in a restrictive work site.

Additionally, the work site was divided into two work platforms with a grade difference of approximately 5 feet. Aggregate base was used to provide safe, stable work platforms and access ramps.


  • Michels installed 12 soldier piles for a permanent precast concrete retaining wall.
  • Each soldier pile consisted of a 24-inch wide flange beam weighing 279 lbs per foot and was installed in 42-inch diameter and 13.5 feet deep rocket sockets in basalt bedrock.

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 installed 64 micropiles to construct a deep foundation system for an existing parking garage.

Foundations

Parking Garage

Wisconsin

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Parking Garage

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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