Houle Chevrier Engineering Ltd. was retained by McDonald Brothers Construction Inc. to provide geotechnical services for a design-build contract for the Ice House at Carleton University.
To reduce the overall construction costs and the eliminate risks relating to pile driving and construction delays, Houle Chevrier Engineering designed the foundations to bear on a thick pad of compacted granular material, underlain by a woven geotextile above the glacial till. The pad of granular material also allowed construction to proceed during the winter months without the need for artificial heating/thermal protection of the subgrade soils.
Project components included:
- Pre-contract assessment and design of foundation alternatives
- Geotechnical inspection and testing during construction