S.W.COLE was retained by Symmes, Maini & McKee Associates (SMMA) in 2012 to provide geotechnical engineering services on the new, 35,000 square foot Aviation Readiness Center at the Maine Army National (MEANG) Guard Base in Bangor, Maine.
Via 18 test borings and soils laboratory testing, S.W.COLE explored subsurface conditions at the site and provided geotechnical recommendations relative to foundation design, earthwork and pavement section associated with the proposed construction.
During our investigation, S.W.COLE encountered petroleum-like odors at several boring sites. Previous boring explorations conducted at the site, prior to S.W.COLE’s involvement in the project, revealed soils that were possibly impacted by petroleum. Thus, in 2013, S.W.COLE was retained by Sargent Corporation to conduct geoenvironmental services at the site, including preparation of a Soils Management Plan (SMP). The SMP addressed the following:
- Identification of on-site soils not suitable for reuse during construction
- Segregation of non-suitable soil (petroleum impacted) from suitable soil
- Soil handling, including excavation, stockpiling, transportation and offsite disposal (for petroleum-impacted soil)
- Disposal of petroleum impacted soils at approved facilities
- Compliance with the applicable State Maine Solid Waste Management Regulations, Chapter 400
Also in 2013, ITSI Gilbane retained S.W.COLE to perform construction materials testing services on the Readiness Center. Our testing services included soils testing (subgrade observation, gradation, moisture density and compaction testing), concrete (testing of slump and air content during placement, casting and testing of compressive strength, observation of reinforcing, placement observations), masonry (observation, testing of grout and mortar for compressive strength), asphalt (hot mix asphalt testing), fireproofing and structural steel (weld and bolt testing, observation) testing.
In 2015, we were retained by DMT, Inc. to perform pull-off adhesion testing at several selected locations in the building.
The building opened in December 2015.