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Saint Joseph Catholic Church Burlington Texas

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Scope of work:

Ram Jack installed helical piles with system engineering services provided by Fortified Engineering. The project involved the installation of 26 exterior 2 7/8 inch helical piles with 8’ and 10’ threaded connections, along with 26 4021 remedial brackets, 26 4107 4ft guide sleeves, and 104 4387 7ft extensions. Piles were installed with 36 kips allowable 73 kips ultimate. Embedment depth of the piles averaged 35 feet below grade.

The church consisted of a pier & beam foundation (crawl space) with a concrete perimeter beam and wood floor system. The perimeter beam was supported on concrete piers that had failed. The wood floor system was also supported on concrete piers that had shifted. Other companies had attempted to repair the foundation of the church over the years with very poor results. Previous foundation repair companies' solution was to raise the wood beams and exterior walls off of the concrete perimeter beam and place their load on concrete blocks bearing on the surface of the soil.

Over several months of discussion with Austin archdioceses and church members along with consulting for Fortified Engineering Solutions, a plan was finalized to sever the existing concrete piers attached to the perimeter beam, remove the concrete blocks installed by the other companies and install 26 exterior Helical Piles to lift and support the foundation.

Heavy rains during the spring and early summer of 2021 delayed us starting this project. When the weather finally cooperated, Ram Jack crews were able to install the required helical piles and raise the exterior beam 12 to 15 inches.

End results

The church was raised with no damage to stained glass windows around the exterior of the church. Multiple church members commented that they were amazed at the end result. They couldn’t believe that Ram Jack was able to do such a fantastic job and finished a day early. 

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Saint Joseph Catholic Church Burlington Texas
Project Type: Commercial
Year: 2021
Application: Historic Buildings
Product: Helical
Design Capacity: 26 to 50 kips
Pile Diameter: 2 7/8"

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