Written by Foundation Technologies, Inc. on July 29, 2021
Modern infrastructural design and architecture are evolving due to rapid improvements in modern technology and material science. This has raised the bar, calling for construction and engineering companies to rise to the occasion with improvements in foundation systems.
The RumFish Grill was to be added by the Guy Harvey Outpost as a new attraction at St. Pete Beach, Florida. Building this new attraction would require converting a pre-existing commercial site into a new restaurant.
One of the major problems faced by the engineers was transitioning a 40'x15' atrium into a giant aquarium. The atrium site was enclosed by 4 tall walls with water lines buried below creating access problems. Because of this, building a 40'x12'x12' tank required constructing a foundation that could withstand the weight of 33,500 gallons of water and remain stable enough to avoid any leakage. It also was imperative that the foundation could be designed around the existing water lines and installed without disturbing them.
A load of this size – that’s 234,000 pounds, or 117 tons – required a deep foundation system. The foundation system would also have to be installed within a limited access, restricted area and be able to withstand future shifting.
After soil testing and site evaluation, engineers chose helical piles as the best solution to address the challenges posed by the low overhead, restricted access site, and massive weight.
When compared to other available options for building deep foundations, helical piles offer a natural edge:
Since this project required fast installation along with noise and vibration reduction (because of the closely surrounding infrastructure and buildings), helical piles were the ideal choice.
Follow us as we take you through the exciting journey of building the attraction site known as the RumFish Aquarium, made possible by:
Installation was swift and the 27 piles were installed within 48 hours using a mini-excavator.
The RumFish Aquarium was featured on "Reveal: The 10,000 Pound Guy Harvey Tank" as one of the biggest tanks constructed for the show. All the while, the helical piles have been working behind… or rather under… the scenes to make it possible.
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