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Detroit Country Day School Black Box Theater Expansion

Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, MI., expanded its performing arts facility to enhance its nationally recognized program. The school provides students with a well-rounded liberal arts education in academics, athletics, and the arts. The Fine and Performing Arts Department at Country Day School provides a comprehensive arts program to support the school’s commitment to superior education. Drama, theater, music, visual arts, and dance courses enable students to reach their full potential and encourage students to experiment with and develop creativity.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Detroit Country Day School

Scope

The 6,300 square-foot, two-story addition features a full cat walk and tension grid with highly specialized mechanical and electrical systems. In addition, spaces include two offices and staging scene shop for performances.

Working with Cunningham-Limp, G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical engineering and special inspection / material testing for the new Black Box Theater Expansion.

G2 provided special inspections and material testing during construction including evaluation of earthwork operation and utility backfill, foundation construction, masonry evaluation, pre-cast plank and structural steel evaluation, and interior floor slab and site concrete evaluation.

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical Engineering
Special Inspection and Materials Testing

Challenges/Solutions

  • Tight timelines while working in an active school campus environment.

Smart. Results. Fast. Site conditions were less than ideal. G2 developed cost effective solutions and offered real time response to testing and inspection needs, maintaining an aggressive construction schedule.

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Troy School District Facilities Improvement Project

Troy, Michigan

Troy School District implemented a $125 million program of improvements needed to maintain healthy, safe, and suitable learning environments for its students. These improvements included building components, energy savings initiatives, facilities maintenance, and additions. G2 Consulting Group assisted in this district-wide project, working with TMP Architecture and Barton Malow Company.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Troy School District

Scope

G2 provided geotechnical investigation services for Larson and Boulay Park Middle Schools, and Troy and Athens High Schools. The middle schools and Troy High completed classroom additions; Athens constructed a secure entrance and canopy.

G2 also provided construction testing services for new and reconstructed parking lots and secure entrance additions at elementary schools, including Morse, Bernard, Troy Union, Martell, Costello, and Wattles.

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical and Construction Engineering
Materials Testing

Challenges/Solutions

    • Deep fill soils with organic matter were present at many of the elementary schools where new pavements and bus loops were constructed. These soils cannot support pavement. G2 developed recommendations including geotextile and a thickened section for undercutting, reducing construction costs for the new pavement sections.
    • Executing a project of this magnitude in an abbreviated timespan requires extremely efficient execution. Because G2 is located near all of the construction sites, we were readily available to the contractor for on site testing services. Project managers were also available when an inspection question arose. This minimized potential delays in the construction schedule.

Smart. Results. Fast. Site conditions were less than ideal for a number of the planned construction projects. G2 developed cost effective solutions and offered real time response to testing and inspection needs at 11 different sites, maintaining an aggressive construction schedule.