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Loyola picks “green” consulting firm to complete construction projects

Posted by mheissner on March 5, 2012

DiNobili Residence Hall

Loyola University Chicagohas announced a partnership with a Boston based engineering company to complete a series of new environmentally-friendly construction projects.

GEI Consultants Inc. has been chosen to direct several construction projects on campus, including new residence halls, as well as renovations to existing student buildings.

The Boston based company is one of the leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firms in the nation.

Read more about the projects being taken on by GEI at Boston/SF News:

New Construction: DiNobili Residence Hall
GEI was selected as the geotechnical engineer of record for the construction of a five-story post tensioned concrete tower with two one-story structural steel frame buildings on the tower’s east and west sides. GEI utilized pressure meter testing to increase the allowable bearing pressure and reduce the size of the footings. Van shear tests were performed to estimate the un-drained shear strength of the clay. In addition to GEI’s geotechnical services, the team performed a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) and a preconstruction condition survey. GEI will also perform construction services during footing excavation, reinforcement, post tensioning, cast in place concrete, structural steel, masonry and fireproofing. Construction is expected to begin in early 2012. At the completion of construction, GEI will perform a post-construction condition survey.New Construction and Renovations: Center for Sustainable Urban Living (CSUL)
GEI was also chosen as the geotechnical engineer of record for a 250,000 square foot complex of new and renovated residence halls on the south end of Loyola’s campus. In the project’s early phases, Wright Hall will be completely renovated, which includes the installation of micropiles in two locations in the existing basement and slab on deck infills. The project’s second phase will incorporate a new 56,000 square foot three-story addition to the building, utilizing a structural steel frame and consisting of laboratory classrooms and a skylight enclosed greenhouse. The addition will be situated on a shallow foundation, with four caissons to be installed along the existing Wright Hall. The third phase of the project is the construction of San Francisco Hall, a new six story, 115,000 square foot post-tensioned concrete structure built on a shallow foundation with masonry and glass façade. GEI utilized pressure meter testing to increase the allowable bearing pressure and reduce the size of the footings, and performed van shear tests to estimate the un-drained shear strength of the clay. GEI also performed a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment and provided a pre-construction survey of an adjacent apartment building. Prior to construction, GEI installed vibration devices around the project site to record vibrations that occur during excavating for sheeting and earth retention. During construction GEI will perform footing observations, reinforcing, post tensioning, cast in place concrete, structural steel masonry and fireproofing. Last, GEI will oversee a post construction survey, vibration and settlement monitoring of an existing adjacent apartment building. Construction is expected to begin in early 2012.New Construction: Cuneo Hall
Currently under construction, Cuneo Hall will replace the 10-story Damen Hall that had been located in the center of the Lakeshore Campus for forty years. The new four-story building will consist of a brick façade with precast columns and a precast plank floor deck and basement. The building will be built on caisson foundation. GEI provided construction services including observation during caisson installation and reinforced concrete construction, precast connections and masonry. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2012.

New Construction: Alumni Student Center
Linking to the existing intramural Halas Hall, the new Alumni Student Center will offer space for a variety of student organizations and religious groups, as well as recreational spaces and a food court. The two-story structural steel frame building will also contain a basement situated on footings. GEI’s services included a pre and post demolition condition survey of the adjacent buildings and CTA retaining wall, installation of vibration recording devices, overseeing the vibration and settlement monitoring of the existing CTA retaining wall, performing quality assurance testing during footing excavation, reinforcing steel construction, cast in place concrete installation, masonry assembly, and fire proofing. The building is currently under construction and will be completed in the spring of 2013.
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Renovation: Halas Hall, Gentile Center Retrofit and Alumni Center Site Utilities
This project consisted of site utility improvements at Alumni Center and the renovation of Halas Hall and Gentile Center with new footings and slab on grade replacement. GEI’s services included footing observation, cast in place concrete, reinforcing steel, structural steel, masonry, floor flatness and fire proofing observation. This project was completed in the summer of 2011.

- Molly Heissner

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