Bonaventure Assisted Living Facility

Straight Line Construction



PUEBLO, COLORADO The Bonaventure Assisted Living Facility in Pueblo, Colorado contacted Straight Line Construction in 2016 to provide a solution for an existing column. In 2017, the owner of the facility reached out again after observing additional signs of foundation distress on the building’s exterior. Floor level surveys and visual observations pointed to the culprit: settlement of the surficial soils.

PROBLEM With anywhere from 7 to 35 feet of clay soils over claystone bedrock, the ground loses significant strength when moisture content increases. The upper-level clay is mapped as being in the Piney Creek Alluvium formation. For the Bonaventure Assisted Living Facility, the distress and movement came from soil settlement. The foundation had settled up to six inches in certain areas.

PROPOSED SOLUTION Straight Line Construction worked with Chrisman Engineering, Inc. to propose the solution: underpinning the building with the use of helical piles. Ram Jack’s 2-7⁄8 inch piles with a single eight-inch helix on the lead section was chosen for installation around the exterior foundation as well as the interior grade beams at approximately four-foot centers. The piles were designed for a capacity of 25 kips and are being used in conjunction with 5 foot 3-½” guide sleeves and 4021 underpinning brackets to provide the required structural capacity. The interior piles require the use of hand-tools for installation to place them in the desired locations.

OUTCOME The installation of the 435 interior helical piles was completed in March of 2020.

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Straight Line Construction

Straight Line Construction has changed a great deal over the last 30+ years in the industry, but one thing remains the same: our commitment to quality and to designing and installing permanent solutions to foundation settlement issues. Beginning with small residential jobs more than 30 years ago when the family-owned company was founded by Tim Davis, Sr., Straight Line Construction today repairs cracking residential and commercial foundations through its Ram Jack product toolkit and designs solutions for large infrastructure and industrial projects. We specialize in matching the right solution to each type of foundation repair issue.

Are you building a new home and want to ensure it has a solid foundation? Or is your house experiencing unwanted sagging or a cracking foundation? Are your walls cracked or your doors and windows sticking? As a bonded, licensed, and fully insured foundation repair company, we are proud to serve Colorado homeowners, builders, and commercial contractors. Our technical certifications enable us to offer the highest quality services and the best American-made, environmentally safe products available for foundation repair. Regardless of how your building is shifting or sinking, we can help you stop it. Our 30 years in the business and our designation as a Ram Jack certified dealer means you get the most technologically savvy solution to fix your foundation.

From the factory to the field, we strive to ensure the quality of our products and workmanship meet the highest industry standards. We work with other vetted professionals in the industry. All of our helical piers, push piers, and mounting brackets are manufactured by Ram Jack in Ada, OK, at an ISO-certified facility with American-made steel. Williams Form Engineering in Golden, CO, manufactures our reinforcing bar for ground anchor systems and shares our commitment to quality control and quality assurance.

About Ram Jack

Ram Jack is a family-owned business that began operations in 1968, in Ada, OK, where we currently source our piers and brackets. Back then, concrete piering was the original repair method used simply because it was the only technology available at the time. Over time, it became evident that concrete piers did not provide long-term stabilization of foundations and only provided a short-term warranty period. To guarantee the highest grade of customer satisfaction, a greater solution needed to be found.

The Ram Jack owners embarked on a research program to develop a foundation repair system to stand the test of time. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office first issued a patent to Ram Jack for its foundation repair system in 1985. Over the next few years, additional refinements and patents have followed, resulting in the strongest patented system in the industry. Ram Jack driven pilings are ICC-ES recognized (International Construction Code—Evaluation Services). Ram Jack is one of only two ICC-ES recognized foundation repair companies in the industry. Ram Jack’s products meet or exceed code requirements set down by ICC-ES for both commercial and residential properties.

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