UMKC – Oak Hall

Challenge Oak Hall is a five-story building on the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) campus. Up to three inches of differential settlement was observed between the building’s western exterior walls and their adjoining interior corridor walls. UMKC wished to stabilize and potentially lift the settled portion of the structure, which would include underpinning 160 feet […]

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Wainwright Hall Push Piers Project

Challenge Wainwright Hall at the Fort Riley Military Reservation in north central Kansas was constructed in 1889. A 50-foot-long by 10-foot-wide porch in the southeast corner of the south wing was later enclosed using the same native cut limestone block as the original structure with the exterior walls and columns supported by a continuous concrete […]

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Heirloom Bakery and Hearth Remodel

Challenge An abandoned gas station built in the 1950s was being remodeled into a bakery. The general contractor found the original building construction did not include a lintel over the station’s garage door openings. The project designers therefore proposed to install a steel lintel, spanning roughly 20 feet between two new columns, to support a […]

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Mid-Continent Public Library

Challenge The 70-foot-long by 40-foot-deep “bump-out” section of the library experienced differential settlement relative to the main structure and along its exterior wall lines. Cracks were observed in the block and stucco interior and exterior wall finishes, respectively, as well as in the interior floor slab. The bump-out also included an architectural feature (window awning) […]

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University of Missouri Memorial Union Stabilization

Challenge Memorial Union serves as a community center and student union building for the University of Missouri. The building’s prominent bell tower is considered by many to be the unofficial symbol of the university. Settlement was observed at the ten-foot by 20-foot covered upper landing connecting an ADA-compliant wheelchair ramp to the rear of the […]

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Liberty Middle School Push Pier Installation

Challenge The Liberty Middle School is a single-story structure with exterior concrete block walls and brick veneer. A “bump-out” area of the building approximately 100 feet long with 14-foot returns had settled and rotated away from the main footprint of the structure. An interior block partition wall intersected the long exterior wall at its mid-length. […]

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