Paseo de La Riviera
Vibro Replacement / Tie Down Anchors
The project consisted of a mixed-use development in Coral Gables to include a 245-room hotel, upscale restaurants and over 200 luxury apartments.
The geotechnical investigation found an upper limestone formation underlain by loose sandy soils. The proposed structural loading would cause excessive settlement in the sandy soils. In addition, large structural uplift loading was causing certain foundations to become too large to resist the load with deadweight alone.
Earth Tech Solution
Earth Tech implemented a two-part solution. Vibro Replacement was installed to reinforce and densify the loose sandy soils beneath the limestone layer and tie down anchors were installed as tension elements to provide foundations with the required uplift resistance. Earth Tech pre-drilled the upper limestone formation to install the Vibro Replacement stone columns to proper depth. A design soil bearing capacity of 8,000 psf was used.