Category Archives: Development

Transformers: Dominick’s Grocery to Emagine Theatre

 

You know it as a movie, but G2 Consulting Group became “Transformers” when it helped convert a former Dominick’s Grocery Store into a 10-screen Emagine Theatre – the first in the state of Illinois. The fast-tracked project consisted of a 70,000 square foot slab-on-grade building that required the removal of portions of floor slab and grade cuts of up to 10 feet to construct the individual theaters. Building columns were relocated as needed and the roof beams were reinforced to carry additional loads.

Fast Facts

Project Owner
Emagine Theatre

Project Scope
G2 Consulting Group worked collaboratively with Tower Construction (GC) during all phases of the project to construct the first Emagine Theatre in Illinois.

Services Provided
Geotechnical Investigation
Environmental Engineering Services (Phase I, Asbestos Survey)
Quality Assurance / Materials Testing / Steel Inspection
Clean Construction or Demolition Debris (CCDD) Services

Challenges / Solutions
G2 Consulting Group found that existing fill soils were present below the floor slab and allowed for new foundations to wear on existing soils provided they were observed and properly documented during construction.

The project moved at a very fast pace and G2 was available to cover inspections on short notice – sometimes within two hours of being called. This allowed the project to move forward without delays.

How did we accomplish “Smart. Results. Fast”?

Soil borings within the interior of existing buildings can be challenging due to height and width restrictions of drilling equipment. G2 used its contacts with local drillers to determine the best equipment to allow for access and drilling within the building and work was completed in two days. G2 also coordinated environmental surveys at the same time as drilling to minimize delays to the project and minimize interruptions to the building.

G2 fast-tracked CCDD testing on short notice to allow for offsite disposal of soils and allow the contractor to stay on schedule with soil removal. There was no place to stockpile soils and any delays with soil removal would have hindered the project timeline.

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Holiday Inn Express opens its doors

Plymouth Township, Michigan

A new Holiday Inn Express was constructed along the east side of Beck Road, north of M14, in Plymouth Township, Michigan and completed in the Spring of 2016..

Fast Facts

Scope

The four-story, 67,366 square foot structure, with a walk-out basement, services the local business parks and adjacent USA hockey arena. The hotel has 107 rooms, a conference room, pool, and exercise facilities.

G2 Services Provided

Working with Emmett Contracting, G2 Consulting Group provided special inspections / materials testing during construction including evaluation of earthwork operation and utility backfill, foundation construction, masonry evaluation, structural steel evaluation, and interior floor slab evaluation. Test methods included compaction control of fill soils, bearing capacity of supporting soils, compressive strength testing, and slump and trained air content evaluation of concrete, and mortar proportions, and grout specimen strength testing for masonry materials.

Challenges / Solutions

Challenged by upper weak fill soils with more competent clay soils deeper, G2 worked closely with the foundation contractor to ensure that foundations were supported on suitable bearing soils per the recommendations of the geotechnical report.

Smart. Results. Fast.

G2’s value engineering helped to optimize foundation construction and reduce overall construction costs.

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Korean United Methodist Church

Troy, Michigan

The Korean United Methodist Church in Troy, MI, discovered they needed more space to worship and gather together for their growing church community. They turned to Cunningham-Limp Development Company in early January 2016 to assist them in conceptualizing a new addition for their church.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Korean United Methodist Church

Scope

The Korean United Methodist Church constructed a single-story, steel-framed slab-on-grade addition to its existing facility. It was also necessary to construct a new parking area, provide associated utilities and create a 4-1/2 foot deep detention pond. By the end of the summer of 2016, it was completed.

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical Investigation

Special Inspections and Materials Testing

Challenges / Solutions

As on many of Cunningham-Limp Development Company projects, G2 Consulting Group provided the geotechnical investigation prior to construction and construction engineering services during construction. These services included: observing earthwork operations and utility installation; performing foundation inspection and concrete inspection for foundations, flatwork and site concrete; performing structural steel evaluation; and observing bituminous concrete and Portland cement concrete pavement construction.

G2 determined and evaluated the general subsurface conditions at the site and developed related foundation recommendations for support of the proposed structure. G2 also recommended new pavement design and provided construction considerations for the new development.

How did we accomplish “Smart. Results. Fast”?

Significant geotechnical investigation was performed in a short period of time. G2 provided preliminary design recommendations shortly after completion of the field report which allowed the construction team to move forward quickly with the project. During construction, G2 observed construction activities and advised the contractor accordingly to conform with project specifications.

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Beacon Square Senior Living Center

Orion Township, Michigan

Pomeroy Living is constructing its newest senior living facility, Beacon Square Senior Living Center in Orion Township, Michigan. Beacon Square Orion will be a senior living community that provides Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care Residences. The new facility is designed with the latest in senior standards in resident care, life enrichment and wellness services for all generations and living situations. There will be a total of 161 residents within the state-of-the-art facility opening in September 2017. KIRCO MANIX is the general contractor.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Pomeroy Senior Living

Scope

G2 Consulting Group performed a geotechnical investigation for earthwork operations, foundation design, and construction considerations and is performing special inspections and materials testing services during construction.

G2 professionals explored the site during the geotechnical investigation to determine and evaluate general subsurface conditions and developed related foundation recommendations for support of the proposed structure. This included pavement recommendations and construction considerations related to its development.

Our special inspections / materials testing scope of services includes evaluating earthwork operations, utility installation, retaining wall installation observation, performing foundation inspection and concrete inspection for foundations, flatwork, and site concrete, performing structural steel evaluation, masonry inspection, and bituminous paving.

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical Investigation

Special Inspections and Materials Testing

Challenges / Solutions

This three-story, slab-on-grade building has a 69,585 square-foot footprint. It required significant earthwork and grade balancing across the site. Engineered fill was placed within the building pad and parking lot areas. In addition, there were pockets of organic soils that were removed and replaced with engineered fill prior to construction.

How did we accomplish “Smart. Results. Fast”?

G2 Consulting Group provided cost-effective solutions to keep the project moving forward during a tight construction schedule.

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Shield Material Handling

Auburn Hills, Michigan

In June 2016, Cunningham-Limp Development Company completed construction of a new multimillion-dollar facility for Korean-based Shield Material Handling. The 75,050 square-foot warehouse and distribution structure is located in Auburn Hills, MI. It provides complete logistics services to tier one automotive suppliers in the region. It also provides warehousing and distribution services for products and parts.

Fast Fact

Project Owner

Cunningham-Limp Development Company

Scope

G2 Consulting Group performed a geotechnical investigation, phase 1 environmental site assessment, and provided special inspections/materials testing.

Prior to construction, G2 explored the site to determine and evaluate general subsurface conditions and developed related foundation recommendations for support of the proposed structure, as well as, pavement recommendations, and construction considerations related to the development. Our special inspections / materials testing scope of our services included evaluating earthwork operations; utility installation; observing retaining wall installation; performing foundation inspection and concrete inspection for foundations, flatwork, and site concrete; performing structural steel evaluation, masonry inspection, and bituminous paving.

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical Investigation / Special Inspections and Materials Testing

Challenges / Solutions

The project was challenged with poor subsurface conditions that required the removal and replacement of soft/loose uncontrolled fill soils with engineered fill to support the foundations and floor slab. In addition, a variety of subgrade stabilization techniques were used to minimize removal of non-organic fill soils for support of pavements.

How did we accomplish “Smart. Results. Fast”?

With any design/build project, turnaround time on project deliverables is critical to meeting construction milestones.  G2 performed this significant geotechnical investigation in a short period of time and provided preliminary design recommendations shortly after completion of field report to allow the design / build team to move forward with their design. 

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Magna Seating of America, Inc.

Novi, Michigan

 

 

G2 Consulting Group performed a geotechnical investigation and provided special inspections/materials testing for the new $48 million, 180,000 square foot, three-story Magna Seating of America headquarters in Novi, MI.  Site paving, truck docks, site utilities, and a retaining wall were also constructed in association with the project. Magna Seating will consolidate activities into a single facility to house engineering, research and development, and sales and marketing teams.

Magna International is a leading global automotive supplier with 316 manufacturing operations and 87 product development, engineering and sales centers in 29 countries. The company has approximately 133,000 employees. Its product capabilities include producing body, chassis, interior, exterior, seating, power train, electronic, vision, closure and roof systems and modules, as well as complete vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Magna International, Inc.

Scope

G2 Consulting Group explored the site to determine and evaluate general subsurface conditions and developed related foundation recommendations for support of the proposed structure, pavement recommendations, and construction considerations related to the development.  Our special inspections / materials testing scope of our services included evaluating earthwork operations, utility installation, retaining wall installation observation, performing foundation inspection and concrete inspection for foundations, flatwork, and site concrete, performing structural steel evaluation, masonry inspection, and bituminous paving

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical Investigation
Special Inspections and Materials Testing

Challenges / Solutions

Significant grade fills of up to 16 feet and grade cuts of up to five feet required close evaluation of engineered fill placement. Significant challenges with poor subsurface conditions required the removal and replacement of soft/loose fill soils with engineered fill to support the foundations and floor slab, as well as, the removal and replacement of unsuitable organic soils within the retaining wall development area. In addition, a variety of subgrade stabilization techniques were used to minimize removal of non-organic native soils for support of engineered fill.

Smart. Results. Fast. 

With any design/build project, turnaround time on project deliverables is critical to meeting construction milestones. G2 performed this significant geotechnical investigation in a short period of time and provided preliminary design recommendations shortly after completion of the field report to allow the design/build team to move forward with their design.

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Country Club of Detroit Athletic Facility

G2 Consulting was retained by McCarthy and Smith, Inc., to design a support system so the construction team could excavate underneath the original “natatorium wing” of the 1930s historic clubhouse. The renovation plans called for relocation of the club’s popular bowling facility to the lower level location previously occupied by an indoor swimming pool, which had been out of use for decades.

Club management’s direction that the building’s architectural character and footprint not be altered in any way created an interesting engineering challenge since the team would need to excavate underneath the existing structure without disturbing it.  Adding to the challenge, the underlying soil conditions were poor with clay along one side of the structure and wet sand along the other.  After considering numerous approaches, the team decided on a series of underpinnings, essentially putting the building on stilts, and then pouring concrete foundation walls to encapsulate the stilts, providing stability for the renovations to occur in the short term and adequate bearing for the long term.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Country Club of Detroit

Scope

G2 Consulting Group provided underpinning design of three (3) perimeter walls and one interior column line.  G2 designed temporary shoring consisting of “push piles” along the perimeter piles and an open cut excavation along with support beams for the interior column line. G2 also provided design of backfill methods which employed Reinforced Earth Technology.

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical and Design Engineering Services

Earth Retention, Underpinning, and Reinforced Earth Design

Challenges/Solutions

  • Ground conditions prevented traditional underpinning techniques. G2 designed and developed an earth retention system to access exterior footing. A unique backfill technique utilized reinforced earth to reduce wall pressures on Country Club of Detroit perimeter wall resulting in significant savings to project.
  • G2 maintained traffic flow to the Country Club of Detroit entrance while working on project.

Smart. Results. Fast. G2’s innovative geotechnical engineering approach expedited the technically complex project resulting in significant savings to the Owner.

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TI Automotive Headquarters

Auburn Hills, Michigan

 

TI Automotive is a leading manufacturer of automotive fluid storage, carrying and delivery systems, with 23,000 employees at 130 locations in 29 countries. The company expanded its operations at a new location in Auburn Hills by constructing a new headquarters building for 130 current employees and an additional 97 new employees.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

TI Automotive

Scope

G2 Consulting Group provided design and construction expertise to Cunningham-Limp for this 144,000 square foot, three-story steel-framed office building.

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical Engineering
Environmental Due Diligence
Special Inspections/Materials Testing

Challenges/Solutions
    • Unsuitable soft clay soils and organic fill soils needed to be removed and replaced with engineered fill to support building foundations. G2 developed solutions that reduced import and export of soils from the site during earthwork operations.
    • The construction schedule required work to continue through the winter to meet deadlines. G2 proposed re-use of existing on-site soils as engineered fill and import of drier recycled manufactured sand, allowing winter work to continue and reducing the construction schedule.
    • G2 field staff is cross trained to handle multiple specialty inspections and testing areas, simplifying  and expediting scheduling.

Smart. Results. Fast. G2’s geotechnical engineering approach minimized required earthwork and permitted construction to continue during the winter months to maintain an aggressive project schedule.

Little Caesars Arena

Detroit, Michigan

 

Construction of a new indoor arena for the Detroit Red Wings in Downtown Detroit is almost complete. G2 Consulting Group was part of the team of design and construction professionals contributing to this marquee project. The new arena will hold over 20,000 spectators, cost $450 million to construct and features a unique, glass-roofed concourse connecting it to offices and surrounding shops. The arena is a key part of the new, $650 million sports and entertainment district that will include mixed-use neighborhoods with new residential and retail outlets.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Detroit Downtown Development Authority

Scope

Working with Hardman Construction, subcontractor to lead contractor Barton Malow-Hunt-White, G2 was responsible for design of the earth retention systems for this massive excavation.

G2 Services Provided

Earth Retention System Design

Challenges/Solutions
    • All eyes were focused on meeting the project deadline: drop of puck for the 2017 hockey season.  After receiving official notice to proceed, G2 completed its initial design submittal within one week – even as other design details were continuing to be finalized.
    • The ice surface in this eight-story arena will be built 40 feet below street level.   Because construction is occurring in an urban environment, protection of underground infrastructure was critical, including the foundation of a 14-story historic hotel. Following extensive analysis of geotechnical data, G2 proposed conventional earth retention systems to maintain bottom stability of this 500-foot by 60- foot area – a creative solution in this case that is far less expensive and accelerates the schedule.

Smart. Results. Fast. G2 submitted initial designs for earth retention systems to protect vital infrastructure during this massive, 40-foot deep excavation one week after receiving official notice to proceed on the fast-tracked, highly visible project.

Field and Stream Store

Troy, Michigan

Field & Stream developed its first store in Michigan at the site of a former Circuit City at Oakland Mall. Development was challenged by deep organic soils which threatened to increase the cost of construction. G2 Consulting Group assisted both the property manager for Oakland Mall and Field and Stream to develop a cost effective solution which helped move the development forward. The store opened on schedule in March 2015.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Field and Stream

Scope

Demolition of former Circuit City building followed by construction of a 49,500 square foot, single-story, slab-on-grade structure.

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical investigation and engineering
Environmental waste characterization
Special inspections and testing

Challenges/Solutions

    • G2 performed a geotechnical investigation and environmental waste characterization for Oakland Mall’s property manager, Urban Retail Properties LLC. Deep organic fill soils were found within the building pad of the former Circuit City building. G2 identified two options for dealing with these soils: extending footings through the organic soils or removing the unsuitable organic soils within the foundation areas.
    • G2 performed the special inspections/testing for Field and Stream directly. To create additional cost savings, G2 provided recommendations for the use of lean concrete foundation extensions in lieu of extending footings through the unsuitable organic soils with regular concrete.
    • After performing extensive analyses, G2 determined that the existing organic fill could be left in for support of the floor slab creating a significant savings to the project.
    • G2 provided special inspections/testing for earthwork operations, utility backfill, foundations, floor slabs, masonry, structural steel, site pavement (asphalt and concrete).

Smart. Results. Fast. G2 worked closely with Oakland Mall’s property manager and Field and Stream, performing extensive geotechnical analyses to address difficult onsite soils, creating significant cost savings, and maintaining the grand opening target date.

Wellbridge of Rochester Hills

Rochester Hills, Michigan


This 100-bed state of the art rehabilitation facility includes physical and occupational therapy components and an extensive spa. Designed by J.W. Design Architectural Studio, the development blends with the surrounding community. However, poor on site soils challenged the project budget and schedule, and cold, wet weather further complicated these conditions. The project team turned to G2 Consulting Group to develop cost effective solutions.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Wellbridge of Rochester Hills

Scope

Construction of a 100-bed facility, with future expansion potential on a 9.5 acre site

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical engineering
Construction materials evaluation and testing

Challenges/Solutions

      • Several feet of soft soils ran through the site. Cold, wet weather prevented the soils from drying naturally. G2 proposed lime stabilization to reduce moisture content of the soils, eliminate the need for more expensive granular soils, and reduce expensive construction delays.
      • Testing was needed to confirm that construction followed specialized design specifications and met Rochester Hills’ requirements. Certified by Rochester Hills to provide construction testing, G2 worked closely with Braun Construction, to monitor construction quality while maintaining the overall project schedule.

Smart. Results. Fast. G2 developed an economical solution to challenging soil conditions and performed construction testing to meet City requirements while maintaining the overall project schedule.

VA Puget Sound Healthcare System Parking Garage

Seattle, Washington

 

VA Puget Sound provides care for veteran populations in Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The Seattle campus is an extremely busy location, as it accommodates patients returning home from overseas.  Malcolm Drilling and G2 Consulting Group collaborated together on the construction of this expansive facility. This fast-tracked project proceeded smoothly until the hospital design team changed the interim grading plan, requiring a total temporary retaining wall redesign.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

VA Puget Sound Healthcare System

Scope

Construction of a new multilevel 1,000 car parking structure consisting of approximately 343,000 SF above ground and 66,000 SF underground. Phase 1 included relocation of major underground utility systems, extensive civil grading and retaining-wall work, as well as, construction of an emergency power duct bank.

G2 Services Provided

Temporary Earth Retention Wall Design

Challenges/Solutions

    • The team was moving quickly – G2 completed the temporary earth retention wall design in 7 days, and the shoring was fabricated soon after. Then the interim grading plans changed. G2 quickly redesigned the system using the materials already fabricated to meet the needs of the new topographic data and minimize the need for additional earthwork. The redesign was like solving a big engineering jig-saw puzzle using the previously fabricated soldier pile steel and earth anchors. G2 redesigned the entire system in a 5-day design marathon.
    • The project is on the fast track: liquid damages are associated with delays. G2 and Malcolm Drilling worked closely together to design and redesign the wall to meet the aggressive schedule . Installation went faster than anticipated and the construction team gained an extra week in the process.

Smart. Results. Fast. When grading conditions changed, G2 Consulting Group redesigned the shoring system on the fly to accommodate actual site conditions and the previously fabricated system components, minimizing additional earthwork, materials, and construction delays that could result in liquidated damages.

The Courtyards

Ann Arbor, Michigan

 

 

The Courtyards is a student housing development near the University of Michigan campus with three, four-story buildings including a two-story underground parking structure. The overall property is long and narrow, which provided limited construction access and difficult construction staging. G2 designed an earth retention system to allow construction traffic to continue while the below grade portions of the development were underway.

Fast Facts

Scope

Student housing development

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical Engineering
Temporary Earth Retention Design
Construction Engineering

Challenges/Solutions

  • Poor soils were encountered in the north half of the north building footprint, while the soils under the south half of the north building were compact.
  • G2 recommended a foundation design incorporating two different soil bearing capacities, utilizing shallow foundations where suitable bearing soils were encountered and extending foundations deeper where poor soils were encountered.
  • The overall property is a long, narrow site with limited property access from the north and south, and construction traffic access along the west property line – resulting in difficult construction staging.
  • G2 provided an earth retention system design along the west and north sides of the underground parking structure excavation to allow construction traffic to continue while constructing the below grade portions of the development.

Smart. Results. Fast. G2 minimized costs by customizing the foundation design to address varying soils conditions, and expedited the project schedule by designing a retention system to eliminate construction access constraints.

Shelby Macomb Medical Mall

Shelby Township, Michigan

The Shelby Macomb Medical Mall  is located on a highly visible plot of land at the corner of a major intersection. Construction included a 160,000 square foot, three-story medical office building with a full basement on a footprint of only 40,000 square feet.

Fast Facts

Services Provided

Geotechnical Engineering
Foundation Design
Construction Engineering

Challenges/Solutions

  • Subsurface soils consist of soft blue clay, requiring a deep foundation system.
  • G2 designed an auger cast foundation system consisting of 325 24-inch diameter augercast piles extending 20 feet below the basement elevation.
  • Groundwater was encountered during excavation operations and a clay dike was recommended to seal off groundwater into the basement excavation.

Midfield Terminal Parking Garage

Romulus, Michigan

The Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan Airport constructed the Midfield Terminal Project which included construction of a new 11,500 square foot parking garage. The entire structure is approximately 1,600 feet long, 240 feet wide, and 10 stories tall, 3 stories of which are below grade. At the time of completion in 2001 it was the largest parking structure ever built at one time.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Wayne County Airport Authority

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Engineering

Challenges/Solutions

  • Value engineered 16-inch diameter, 200 ton capacity augercast pile system to replace the designed steel driven piles, resulting in a quality, high capacity, and cost effective foundation system.
  • The augercast piles were the highest capacity ever used locally. G2 developed a rigorous load testing program to verify the capacities of the piles, including a combination of load tests: compression, tension, and lateral load tests.
  • Low strain integrity testing was performed on each augercast pile to confirm no discontinuities were present.

ITC Headquarters

Novi, Michigan

G2 provided construction engineering services during construction of this new $60-million headquarters, including site work and utility construction, foundation construction, structural steel, and bituminous and concrete paving.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

ITC Holdings

Scope

Six story, 188,000-square-foot headquarters with a control center and an attached two-story parking deck within the 86-acre site

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical Engineering
Construction Engineering

Challenges/Solutions

  • During the geotechnical investigation, the team encountered a large peat and marl deposit within the proposed access drive alignment.
  • G2 performed a “rolling surcharge” to squeeze out the peat and marl. The rolling surcharge method consisted of excavating in front of a 30- to 35-foot-high sand pile while moving across the roadway alignment. The peat and marl squeezed out and was removed from the work area. The remaining surcharge pile was used to support the roadway.

Smart. Results. Fast. G2 designed and implemented an innovative geotechnical solution to eliminate challenging subsurface conditions, maintaining project schedule and budget.