Farmington Hills — Harley-Davidson motorcycles is perhaps the ultimate lifestyle brand, and one of the nation’s largest Harley dealerships aims to be a lifestyle destination with a brewpub and restaurant just off the showroom floor.
“New development projects and plans for projects in the area are announced on an almost daily basis,” says Mark Smolinski, principal of G2 Consulting Group, a geotechnical engineering and construction services firm based in Troy. “But different from years past, after the announcements the projects are actually happening.”
Congratulations to HARMAN and Cunningham-Limp on the recent opening of HARMAN’s new North American Automotive Headquarters in Novi, MI.
The 188,000-square-foot building, which opened in January 2016, will accommodate 1,000 employees focusing on engineering and development of advanced technology solutions for the connected car, automotive audio, and cloud services. HARMAN supplies advanced infotainment and audio products to the world’s automakers. It has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
As with all Cunningham-Limp projects, I was impressed with the speed and short turn around time to deliver the new HARMAN Headquarters. Cunningham-Limp’s design build services and collaborative approach allows their design subconsultants to work seamlessly with them during the construction process to deliver an outstanding project.
The video below shows the construction process from dirt to delivery.
The Oakland-Macomb Interceptor Drain (OMID) is a 50-year-old concrete system bordering Oakland and Macomb Counties in southeast Michigan. Authorities targeted more than seven miles of this large diameter interceptor sewer – 40 feet below a busy county road (M 59) – as a priority for evaluation and repair to avoid catastrophic failure. This project is part of a $160 million effort that has been under construction since 2009. Given the unique opportunity the project afforded to have access to this critical trunk sewer, the owner’s objective was to perform as many repairs possible.
Lanzo Trenchless Technologies was selected to provide multiple rehabilitation services, including high volume sewage control management, cementitious grout in place liners, fully deteriorated model CIPP, large bore spot repairs, cementitious grouting of voids, access manhole restoration, localized crack/failure repairs using chemical grout and CCTV. Challenges included working in and around flow that could not be disrupted during the construction process. Work was difficult and dangerous, and required extreme care in safety consideration, monitoring and management.
One of the first tasks of the project was to tunnel a shaft down to the 96-inch diameter sewer crown, create access and build a platform for staging of both the chemical and cementitious grouting activities within the pipeline. Lanzo retained the services of G2 Consulting Group to design two 16-foot diameter corrugated steel liner shafts to gain access to the existing sanitary interceptor approximately 20 to 25 feet below ground surface. To meet project requirements, G2 designed a shaft system that is uncommon for this part of Michigan.
A new Holiday Inn Express is being constructed in Plymouth, Michigan. This four-story, 67,000 square foot structure will have 107 rooms, a fitness area and a pool facility. Working with Emmett Contracting, G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical engineering and special inspections/materials testing services on the project. G2’s value engineering helped to optimize foundation construction and reduce overall construction costs.
Click on the video below to see the project under construction.
After years of slow to no growth in Michigan’s construction industry, especially road building, new construction projects took center stage here at G2 in Michigan in 2015, propelling us into our fourth consecutive record year.
One of the key 2015 highlights was the June acquisition of Birmingham (MI)-based Schleede-Hampton Associates, a former competitor, which will help the combined company expand its expertise as well as reach new industries and geographies.
During 2015, G2 completed a variety of projects for MDOT, including design build work with Dan’s Excavating and Bergmann Associates on the reconstruction of the I-75-University Drive interchange in Auburn Hills. The firm partnered with Hardman Construction to design and build the earth retention walls for the new $450 million Red Wings Arena in Detroit and worked with Giffels Webster and Scannell Properties on construction of the 60 acre, 300,000-sq-ft Fed Ex distribution center in Oak Park. In October, G2 was selected by RS Engineering to become part of the team for reconstruction of the I-94/Cadillac bridge in Detroit in preparation for the massive $3 billion, 20-year I-94 reconstruction project, slated to start in 2017.
Other 2015 highlights include:
The company was awarded a three-year “as needed” indefinite services contract by MDOT in January.
In June, G2 was part of the team that won the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineering) Outstanding Civil Engineering Award for its work on the I-96 reconstruction project in Wayne County (MI) in 2014. This project also earned recognition by the Engineering Society of Detroit and CAM magazine as a signature construction project in Michigan.
In July, G2 was named one of the top 100 “Hot Firms” nationally by Zweig Group, a leading research, publishing and consulting firm in the AEP (Architecture, Engineering, Planning) and environmental consulting fields. The award is based on revenue growth over three years.
In July, G2 added two new equity partners – Mark Stapleton and Amy Schneider, both of whom had been with the firm for over a decade – to its top management team. During the year the company hired 13 new employees a 27 percent increase in staff for the year, and up more than 50 percent from just two years ago.
The firm completed more than 2,500 projects running the gamut from infrastructure, waste water, telecomm, health care, automotive and private sector work.
The jobs we won and the recognition we received made 2015 a very good year for G2 and positions us for an even better 2016. Solving construction problems quickly and efficiently is our focus and we continuously reinvest in our people, our technology and our knowledge to ensure that we can meet whatever construction challenges we’re given. We look forward to successfully meeting more of those challenges and growing the business further in 2016.
G2 Consulting continues to recruit new talent to serve our clients and our growing business. We will be hosting an informal networking event on January 5, 2016 from 12- 3 pm at our Troy office for students who are currently looking for full time or internship positions.
This event will help prepare students for spring career fairs by providing some one-on-one time with new and experienced engineers who can share resume and interview tips.
Click here to let us know you’re coming and send a resume. We’ll have some feedback ready for you when you arrive.
Bruce J. Wilberding, P.E. Principal/Project Consultant
When the Academic Talented and Gifted (ATG) program at Flickenger Elementary (Utica, MI) decided to focus on construction this year, G2 was happy to get into “the mix.”
Rob Norris, a parent and employee at Pullman SST, suggested that the students mix concrete and take it to a testing facility to have it tested for strength. The 17 students mixed four different types of cement (1060 PSI and Mapei with and without Aggregate).
Samples of each type of cement were placed in testing tubes, which were taken to G2’s testing lab. After a tour of the facility, students watched as the concrete they had created was tested. Each cylinder log was placed into a machine to see how much pressure it could withstand. The whole process was an amazing learning experience for the ATG students and a lot of fun for G2.
G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical design services for bridge pile foundations, MSE abutments, roadway embankments, sign and signal foundations, and peat excavation as part of the Dan’s Excavating/Bergmann Associates Design-Build Team.
Click on the video below to learn more and watch construction activities.
Washington Township is constructing a new 1.5 million gallon water storage tank to help meet the water needs of this rapidly growing township. The $4.3 million project includes a 100-foot diameter tank, a pump house and detention basins. Working with Giffels Webster and Washington Township, G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical engineering and special inspections/materials testing services on the project.
Click on the video below to see the project under construction.
FedEx Corporation will occupy a 300,000 square foot distribution center currently under construction on the former site of the Detroit Artillery Armory in Oak Park, Michigan. The property had included a 494,000-square-foot building that was a machine gun manufacturing plant during World War II, which has been demolished. The property then was turned over to the Michigan National Guard after the war for training and storage until the early 1990s, and then just for storage until 2000.
G2 Consulting Group was retained by Giffels Webster to perform a geotechnical investigation on the 60 acre site, which had varying depths of fill remaining from former uses. G2 characterized subsurface materials and developed deep and shallow foundation designs for consideration. After reviewing options, Scannell Properties, the construction developer, decided to remove and replace existing fill and construct shallow foundations. G2 now is working with Scannell Properties to perform QC during construction for earthwork, foundations, pavements, floor slabs and structural steel.
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 is expanding 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.
Click on the video below to see the project under construction.
The demolition of the Park Avenue Hotel was the first implosion of a structure in downtown Detroit since the Hudson’s store in 1998. The tricky part of the Park Avenue Hotel implosion is that it is situated within the new Red Wings Arena project site.
G2 designed several earth retention systems to facilitate the required excavation which extends to as much as 48 feet deep. One stretch of earth retention bordered the existing Park Avenue Hotel so that excavation could take place adjacent to the hotel. When the decision was made to use implosion techniques instead of traditional demolition methods, stability of the earth retention system during the seismic event was considered. G2 modeled the implosion using earthquake engineering and estimated that the earth retention system would be stressed but not to failure.
The result of combined effort resulted in rapid demolition of the hotel by implosion and an earth retention system that survived that event.
Chicago Department of Water Management constructed a relief sewer, including a series of drop shafts, drain connections, catch basins and inlets along North Lavergne Avenue. This $20 million project replaced a 100-year-old sewer, preventing flooding in neighborhood homes. Jay Dee Contractors performed this work, which included installation of over 2,600 feet of reinforced concrete pipe sewer in a shallow tunnel (about 60 feet below the ground), five drop shafts connecting to the shallow sewer tunnel or to the existing deep tunnel (over 200 feet below grade), and connection structures to join the two tunnels. G2 Consulting Group assisted Jay Dee by evaluating subsurface conditions to guide construction techniques.
Chicago Department of Water Management
G2 identified dewatering requirements for construction of the drop shafts, providing shaft designs through both soft ground and underlying rock leading to the deep tunnel, and evaluating design alternatives to meet requirements for constructing the shallow tunnel under an existing railroad line. In addition, G2 assisted Jay Dee Contractors during tunnel construction when the tunnel boring machine unexpectedly encountered saturated soils.
G2 Services Provided
Geotechnical Investigation and Design
Tunnel shafts were drilled through soft soils which overlay a deeper rock layer. Limited data was available to define the interface of these two layers. G2 conducted a geotechnical investigation to characterize existing conditions and evaluate dewatering techniques for construction of the shafts.
One of the shafts extends over 230 feet, connecting the new shallow collector tunnel to the existing deep tunnel. G2 developed shaft construction designs to provide stability in the soft soil conditions and in the rock.
As the tunnel was being constructed, saturated soils halted work. G2 assisted Jay Dee by designing an approach using grouting and dewatering techniques to enable work to continue.
An existing railroad line crosses over the alignment of the new tunnel. G2 assisted Jay Dee Contractors as they analyzed design alternatives to meet the railroad’s requirements.
Smart. Results. Fast. G2’s geotechnical solutions facilitated an expedited construction schedule for this highly visible project by simplifying excavation of the tunnel drop shafts and addressing construction challenges during tunnel boring.
G2 Consulting Group is excited to announce the addition of two new equity partners in the business – Amy Schneider and Mark Stapleton , both G2 Project Managers.
“G2 has a solid foundation and a wide range of repeat clients which allows the company to gain in market share even during downturns,” says Stapleton. “By having more of my own skin in the game, I think I’m a better employee and whatever success we have will be even more rewarding both professionally and personally.”
Schneider, who joined G2 in 1998 and has worked on projects in private and commercial development, telecomm, waste water as well as a variety of major infrastructure projects, agrees: “I love the work I’m doing and the people I work with, and I’m committed to the company for the long term. My financial investment makes me feel even more committed and a more integral part of the team.”
A 30-year veteran of geotechnical engineering, Stapleton joined G2 in 2001. His recent projects include managing engineering of 11 earth retention systems on last year’s award-winning I-96 reconstruction project and designing intricate circular and trapezoidal shafts to facilitate construction of tunnels and junction chambers for a Dugway storage tunnel in 2014. His prior work experience was with the United States Army Corps of Engineers where he handled engineering duties in all aspects of civil works projects for the Detroit District.
“We’re fortunate to have plenty of work to go around,” says G2 Consulting Principal Mark Smolinski. “Having Mark and Amy buy into the company gives them a bigger voice and an even deeper commitment that can only make us a stronger and ultimately more successful company. We’re delighted with their decision and proud to welcome them as associate members in the firm.”
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.
Detroit Downtown Development Authority
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
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.
Construction of a new indoor arena for the Detroit Red Wings in Downtown Detroit has begun, and G2 Consulting Group is a part of the multitude 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 feature a unique, glass-roofed concourse connecting it to offices and shops surrounding it. 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.
HOK is designing the new center, which will house retail outlets, the arena’s box office, and the offices of the Red Wings built outside the arena. A glass roof will be erected between the buildings and the arena itself, forming an indoor “street” that will serve as the arena’s concourse and will remain open year-round, even when events are not occurring inside.
The ice surface in this eight-story arena will be built 40 feet below street level. Working with Hardman Construction, subcontractor to lead contractor Barton Malow-Hunt-White, G2 is responsible for design of the earth retention systems for this massive excavation. Because construction is occurring in an urban environment, protection of underground infrastructure is critical, including the foundation of a 14 story historic hotel (currently vacant).
All eyes are focused on meeting the project deadline: drop of puck for the 2017 hockey season. After receiving official notice to proceed in late March, G2 completed their initial design submittal one week later – even as other design details were continuing to be finalized. Following extensive analysis of geotechnical data, G2 proposed conventional earth retention systems to maintain bottom stability of this 500 foot by 600 foot area – a creative solution in this case that is far less expensive and accelerates the schedule.
G2 is very proud to be a part of the professional design and construction team for this iconic Detroit project. Our staff is committed to doing whatever it takes to help construction go smoothly and efficiently.
Congratulations to the construction team that won the 2015 Outstanding Civil Engineering Award announced by the American Society of Civil Engineers Michigan section at ASCE’s annual Michigan Infrastructure Conference last week!
The complex $150 million I-96 reconstruction project completed last summer in Western Wayne County included seven miles of highway and redevelopment of 37 bridges, overpasses and their respective on/off ramps and, with a 180-day start to finish timetable. Considered one of the most compressed schedules for a project of its scope, the project was especially noteworthy for its use of e-construction methodologies which improved communication, driving efficiencies in both time and cost.
This was an unusually challenging project but that’s what made working on it so enjoyable. We were brought in by the general contractor on the job, Dan’s Excavating, and we became part of an incredibly smart and efficient construction team. The fact that we beat the timetable and lowered the forecasted project cost was a huge success. This award is the icing on the cake.
Click on the video below for additional project details.