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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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Country Club of Detroit’s renovation focuses on fitness

Project Manager Mark Stapleton designed the innovative approach to the Country Club of Detroit's historic renovation.

Project Manager Mark Stapleton designed the innovative approach to the Country Club of Detroit’s historic renovation.

Detroit — G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical engineering services for the historic Country Club of Detroit renovation project. The club required that the footprint or historical architecture of its existing clubhouse not be altered. The $9 million renovations include a new fitness center and bowling lanes at the bottom level of the building that required the replacement of an emptied indoor swimming pool that had been closed since the early 1930s.

READ MORE ABOUT THE COUNTRY CLUB OF DETROIT RENOVATIONS

G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical services and found innovative and cost-effective solutions for this historic site’s renovations.

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G2 Consulting & Partners Provide 2016 Development Outlook for Southeast Michigan

“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.”

CAM Magazine June 2016 pg 2

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“I Need to Get a Job” Networking Event

Mark Smolinski, P.E Principal/Project Consultant

Mark Smolinski, P.E
Principal/Project Consultant

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.

Visit our website to learn more about G2 Consulting and open positions.

 

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CREW Impact Awards Feature Exciting Projects

Amy Schneider, P.E. G2 Project Manager, CREW Board Member

CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women’s Network) recently held its annual Impact Awards ,  which was attended by more than 200 local professionals .  Three Detroit real estate developments and one CREW member were presented with the organization’s highest honors.

CREW received a record number of project submittals from member companies this year – all reflecting the innovation and talent of our local businesses.  The event sold out in less than a week!

The real estate developments receiving 2015 Impact Awards were the Cardinal Health Distribution Project in the new construction category, the David Whitney Building redevelopment for adaptive reuse/renovation, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor Outdoor Adventure Center for special impact. All three projects are located in the City of Detroit.

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New FedEx Facility @ Former Detroit Artillery Armory

Chris Nicol, PE/Project Manager

Chris Nicol, P.E.
Project Manager

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.

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Historic Park Avenue Hotel Imploded

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Mark Stapleton, P.E.
Project Manager

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.

Click here to view the video of the implosion taking place.

hotel implosion

And the wall held!

retaining wall after implosion

 

 

 

 

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G2 Consulting Group Adds Two Equity Partners to Manage Growing Business

Amy Schneider, P.E.
Project Manager

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Mark Stapleton, P.E.
Project Manager

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.”

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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.

Future Home of the Detroit Red Wings

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Mark Stapleton, P.E.
Project Manager

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.

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G2 Consulting Recruiting New Talent to Handle Growing Business

Mark Smolinski, P.E Principal/Project Consultant

Mark Smolinski, P.E
Principal/Project Consultant

Coming off our third consecutive year of increasing project activity and strong revenue growth, G2 Consulting Group has hired 12 new environmental scientists and geotechnical engineers in the past six months and is looking to hire up to five additional professionals.  Our current full time professional staff includes 49, plus six interns.

We are continuing to add talent to better serve our clients. With the construction business gaining traction, both here in the metro Detroit area and in other markets we serve, we have a number of projects underway and a strong book of business going forward.  G2’s recent projects include work on last summer’s I-96 reconstruction in Wayne County, Michigan, Field & Stream’s first Michigan location in Troy and several senior living developments. The company is currently involved in the I-75/University Drive interchange Design/Build project in Auburn Hills, telecommunications projects throughout the United States, and the Lavergne Avenue Sewer Improvement Project (part of the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan for the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago).

G2 completed a record 2,700 projects last year in highway and roadway construction, water and wastewater treatment, telecommunications, commercial development and education.   With the current focus on improving roads in Michigan and the increase in development activity throughout the geographic areas we serve, we want to be ready to dive in wherever we have an opportunity to do so.  We’ve been fortunate to win a number of marquee projects and we continue to add qualified professionals to handle the steady volume of work we have on hand. 

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Detroit Looks Like the Place to Be in 2015

Amy Schneider, P.E. Project Manager

As Board members of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women’s Network), Sheila Suppes, CREW President, and I had the pleasure of attending the CoreNet Michigan 2015 Economic Forecast meeting last week, which provided a great snapshot of real estate and construction in the metropolitan Detroit area.

Bottom line of the meeting:  Michigan IS Detroit and Detroit is in a global spotlight. All of us need to recognize this and create our own opportunities to shine there.  The city is transforming – take a drive down Woodward Avenue to see it.  Businesses are committing and recommitting to long-term leases and more and more people, especially younger people, want to live in the city.

Speakers recognized that there is still lots left to do in Detroit.  The city is approximately 137-square-miles and the development activity is largely limited to 7 square-miles in Midtown and downtown.  The other 130-square-miles need to be addressed.  Schools need to be improved.  Neighborhoods need to be cleaned up and made safe.  Mass transit needs to be expanded and improved.  The M1 line is a great start within the heart of the city, but it’s just a three mile run.  More businesses need to be attracted to town and more people, people with jobs and disposable income, need to be attracted and wooed.

But that didn’t stop the enthusiasm about the good things that are already happening in the city.  The CoreNet panel was comprised of four people actively and enthusiastically involved in Detroit – Matt Cullen, President and CEO of Rock Ventures, Roderick Miller, President and CEO of Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Sam Munaco, President of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors, and Bob Riney,  President and COO of Henry Ford Health Systems (HFHS).

Cullen said that Rock Ventures is focusing on four key priorities in 2015 – rail, residential, retail and intervention at the neighborhood level.  Riney said that HFHS is set to announce a 300-acre development adjacent to the Henry Ford Hospital campus that will provide opportunities for people to stay, shop and eat near the hospital.

“The discussion left little doubt that the panelists agree that Detroit is not only on the verge of but in the midst of a boom and that new opportunities are there for everyone,” said Sheila Suppes following the meeting. “It was exciting to hear the discussion and it’s exciting to be part of this new Detroit.  It gives our CREW members a lot to think about. 2015 should be a great year for our businesses.”

I agree.  I can’t think of a better place to be in the real estate or construction business in 2015.  Detroit is on a roll and we all have an opportunity to be part of it!

*In addition to her role as CREW president, Sheila Suppes is director of business development & marketing at Sachse Construction in Detroit.

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