Encompass Health Littleton

Littleton, Colorado

The Front Range area of Denver has a tremendous amount of expansive soils know as bentonite, a soil that contains a high percentage of clay that can absorb vast quantities of water.

This can cause the soil to expand and shrink up to 10% depending on the weather conditions. Prior to Hoar’s involvement with the project, the geotechnical and structural engineers prepared a deep foundation design using a structural slab supported on-grade beams. During preconstruction, we challenged the engineers to investigate alternate solutions for addressing the expansive clays. With the help of a local site work subcontractor and our preconstruction efforts, the structural and geotechnical engineers designed a more cost effective solution. The engineers determined that we could undercut the site 11 feet and moisture condition or “pre-swell” the soils. The allowed us to use a shallow foundation system that ultimately saved the owner over $400,000.

Littleton, Colorado

Encompass Health

Owner

Boulder Associates, Inc.

Architect

50,000

Square Foot

40

Patient Rooms

11

Acre Site

Related Projects

Shannon Medical Center

Shannon Medical Center

The Blake at Flowood

The Blake at Flowood

Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center

Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center