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Case Studies Case Studies: FSU Doak Campbell Stadium

Friday, June 1st, 2018 by Chris Roselli


Florida State University planned to enclose the south end of Doak Campbell Stadiumto create the Champions Club Level which will offer over 5,000 premium seats, a70,000-square-foot, air-conditioned club, and 34,000 square feet of shaded rooftopterraces. The renovations would include providing additional foundation support to 14existing column locations. Designers originally considered installing two auger-cast pilesat each column to provide the additional support; however, low overhead clearanceand narrow access points at some of the column locations made it too difficult to usestandard auger-cast equipment. A geotechnical investigation identified highly variablesoil conditions containing sands, clays, silts, and organic material, also making it difficultto predetermine target depths for the auger-cast piles.


Helical piles can be installed quickly with relatively small equipment, making them theobvious choice to provide the additional column support. A load test was performedto verify pile capacity and depth. Each existing column location would include pilecap extensions supported by four helical piles. Each pile would support a designworking load of 25 kips. The pile configuration consisted of Model 288 (2.875-inch ODby 0.276-inch wall) hollow round shaft with a 10”-12”-14” triple-helix lead section.Standard extensions advanced the piles to depths from 14 to 21 feet to achieve torquecorrelatedultimate capacities of at least twice the design working load (FOS ≥ 2). Thepiles were fitted with standard new construction brackets to be cast within the pilecaps. Despite tight access and working conditions, 56 helical piles were installed withinjust four days.

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Project Summary

General Contractor: Childers Construction Co.

Structural Engineer: Bliss & Nyitray, Inc.

Geotechnical Engineer: Ardaman & Associates, Inc.

Certified Pile Installer: Alpha Foundation Specialists, Inc.

Products Installed: (56) Foundation Supportworks HP288 Helical Piles, 10"-12"-14" Lead Section, Installed Depths from 14 to 21 feet, Design Working Load of 25 kips

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