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Geotechnology Expresses Gratitude for Veterans’ Sacrifices, Honored to be Part of Soldiers Memorial Renovation Team

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After being closed for two years for a major $30 million renovation, the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum and Court of Honor in downtown St. Louis reopened in time for Veteran’s Day 2018, which was also the 100th anniversary of the armistice of World War 1.

The vast renovation included more than doubling the Memorial’s exhibit space, with workers digging 18 inches from the basement floor and turning the lower-level space into galleries. Geotechnology, Inc., was part of the team that renovated this grand monument, having performed construction materials testing and inspections throughout the project.

“We are grateful for all U.S. service members who protect our country and our freedoms, and proud to be part of this renovation,” said Geotechnology Central Region Manager Joel Weinhold. “This memorial pays tribute to them, and the enhancements will help to educate more people about their sacrifices.”

Working with BSI Constructors and Mackey Mitchell Architects, Geotechnology performed hazardous materials surveys to identify potential hazards such as asbestos, lead, and mold, and also conducted special inspections, construction observation and materials testing services related to soil, concrete, masonry, footings, reinforcing steel, and sprayed insulation thickness.

Built to honor 1,075 St. Louis-area soldiers who died in World War I, the memorial was originally financed by a 1923 bond issue that provided $6 million to clear seven city blocks for the plaza and structure. The memorial was completed as a works project of the Great Depression and dedicated by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1936. It opened to the public on Memorial Day 1938. The Court of Honor was established across the street from Soldiers Memorial in the 1940s to memorialize the St. Louisans who lost their lives during World War II.

The Missouri Historical Society assumed operation of Soldiers Memorial in 2015, paving the way for this multimillion-dollar renovation that not only doubled the exhibit space, but also improved accessibility, and aided artifact preservation by adding a museum-quality HVAC system and interior storm windows. The Court of Honor was updated to include a reflecting pool and fountains that represent the five branches of the military. New monuments extend along the walkway between the Court of Honor and Soldiers Memorial to memorialize local service members who have fallen in the conflicts since World War II.

Soldiers Memorial Military Museum offers both long-term continuing exhibits as well as short-term special exhibits. The exhibits reflect a commitment to exploring the stories of local military service members, veterans, and their families. Admission to Soldiers Memorial and its continuing and special exhibits is free.

Established more than 30 years ago, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences, including geophysics, water resource management, geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing and drilling. Geotechnology has provided expertise on thousands of major construction projects in the Midwest and Mid-South regions. Geotechnology is ranked #406 in ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms in 2018. Geotechnology, Inc. is based in St. Louis, Mo., and has 10 offices in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. For more information, visit www.geotechnology.com

 

Geotechnology’s Services Go Deep at The Muny

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Helping an Iconic Theater to Build Upon a Solid Foundation

St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre (commonly known as The Muny), is America’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theater. The nation’s biggest stars and stars-to-be have traversed the stage of this 11,000-seat renowned venue. Currently, a rebuild of the theater is being undertaken to address its critical structural needs, utilize state-of-the-art stage technology, and be able to deliver top-notch entertainment for many future generations.

Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, materials testing and drilling services, is a vital contributor to this Muny project.

When the project is completed, audiences will experience many visual and sound improvements, including Broadway-style LED lighting and digital screens, and an expanded climate-controlled orchestra pit. Although not as easily discernible, Geotechnology’s contributions are at the foundation of the project.

The Muny project includes removing and replacing the existing stage and construction of a basement under the stage. The new stage and surrounding structures (new east and west towers and a light bridge) will have multiple stage decks and stage floor tracking. The east tower will include a new house management office, the west tower will contain orchestra rooms, a sound room and prop room.

Working for Tarlton Corporation pre-construction, Geotechnology performed subsurface exploration to provide the geotechnical aspects for the design and construction of removing the existing stage and adding a basement, 12 to 15 feet below the existing main stage.

“Geotechnology provided subsurface exploration services previously for The Muny in 2006 and again in 2013, so we had earlier reports for comparisons,” said Geotechnology Senior Project Manager Dan Greenwood. “Combined with our new test results, our past findings helped us develop a more thorough geotechnical report.”

For this project, Geotechnology drilled four borings, and used an automatic hammer to perform Standard Penetration Tests (SPTs) and obtain split-spoon samples and relatively undisturbed Shelby tube samples. A geologist from Geotechnology was on-site to provide direction during field exploration, observe drilling and sampling, assist in obtaining samples, and prepare logs of the materials encountered.

Geotechnology tested the samples in its St. Louis AASHTO- AMRL/CCRL Certified and USACE Validated laboratory.

The north stage area was built atop a piped portion of a River Des Peres tributary which traverses the park. Urban fill associated with the filled creek alignment was encountered in the test borings. Removal and replacement of the urban fill was required in some portions of the basement, and deep foundations were extended to bedrock.

Construction began immediately after the close of The Muny’s 2018 season in August and will be completed prior to the opening in June of the 2019 season. Geotechnology will be providing the Muny with construction observation, materials testing and special inspections services throughout this period. “There are always variables to consider on a project this diverse,” said Greenwood. “The Muny has a 100-year history of entertaining hundreds of thousands of people. We are pleased to have the capabilities to contribute to such a meaningful and challenging project.”

Established more than 30 years ago, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences, including geophysics, water resource management, geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing and drilling. Geotechnology has provided expertise on thousands of major construction projects in the Midwest and Mid-South regions. Geotechnology is ranked #406 in ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms in 2018. Geotechnology, Inc. is based in St. Louis, Mo., and has 10 offices in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. For more information, visit www.geotechnology.com

Photo Above: Geotechnology mobilizing a light drilling rig to explore the geologic conditions beneath the Muny Stage

 

AGCMO Honors Geotechnology for Long-Time Membership and Service

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The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) has honored Geotechnology, Inc., with an award in recognition of 50 years of membership and service within its organization.

With more than 500 member firms, AGCMO represents commercial building, heavy, highway, industrial, and infrastructure contractors across the state of Missouri.

Geotechnology, a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, was founded in 1984. Its connection with the Associated General Contractors goes back even further, however, since it acquired ANCO Testing Laboratory in 1996. At the time of the acquisition, ANCO was the largest and oldest construction materials testing company in Missouri.

“We are proud to be associated with AGCMO, an organization that includes construction professionals whose skill, partnerships and innovation make valuable contributions to our community by building the facilities that support and enhance our quality of life,” said Geotechnology President and CEO Ed Alizadeh.

Established more than 30 years ago, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences, including geophysics, water resource management, geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing and drilling. Geotechnology has provided expertise on thousands of major construction projects in the Midwest and Mid-South regions. Geotechnology is ranked #391 in ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms in 2017. Geotechnology, Inc. is based in St. Louis, Mo., and has 10 offices in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. For more information, visit www.geotechnology.com

Photo: (L to R) Geotechnology’s Vice President of Business Development Rick Pershall accepts a 50-year AGCMO membership plaque from Bill Wagner, AGCMO Board Chairman.

Geotechnology’s Growth Earns Ranking on ENR’s 2017 Top Design Firm List

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Engineering News-Record (ENR), the highly regarded construction industry publication, has ranked Geotechnology, Inc., as one of the nation’s 2017 Top 500 Design Firms.

A leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, Geotechnology ranked #391 on ENR’s Top 500 Design Firm’s list.

ENR ranked firms by revenue for design services performed in 2016. The list includes firms that categorize themselves as architect, engineer, engineer-contractor, engineer-architect, environmental, geotechnical engineer, landscape architect and planner.

“This is a terrific accomplishment and the result of everyone in the company focusing on client needs and project efficiencies.” said Ed Alizadeh, President and CEO.

In 2016, Geotechnology reported revenues of $32.6 million, with projects from wide-ranging categories, including major projects within the transportation, multi-family/multi-use, industrial and educational industries.

Established more than 32 years ago, Geotechnology, Inc. is a professional corporation offering a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences, including geophysics, water resource management, geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing and drilling.

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