Greene Street United Methodist Church Case Studies
The Greene Street United Methodist Church in Columbia, South Carolina dates
back nearly a century. Built in 1921, the church addition matched the
appearance of the rest of the church; however, it lacked the same structural
support. It was built without a proper footing, which over time allowed
excessive foundation settlement.
Problem: Large cracks visible above the front window and on both sides of the building
indicated that the foundation below had shifted and settled. If left untreated,
more serious foundation problems would undoubtedly follow. Special consideration
would need to be given to the repair plan of such an old structure on
an unsure footing.
Proposed Solution: After visiting the site, a Ram Jack South Carolina foundation repair expert
met with both the owner and a structural engineer to ensure proper planning
for the repair. The proposed solution included using seven multi-helix
piles, with a 10” – 12” helix arrangement, consisting
of four on the left corner of the structure and three on the right. These
piles would stabilize the foundation only, as lifting the structure posed
a high risk of further damage.
Outcome: In under a day, Ram Jack South Carolina installed the proposed helical
piles, torqued to an average depth of 15 ft. embedment, achieving maximum
practical recovery. The church’s structural integrity was restored,
and its service to the community could continue uninterrupted.
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