Dierks in Denver: Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row

Denver, Colorado

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row will be a new gastropub in the lower downtown area of Denver, Colorado. This revitalized area of downtown is just across from Coors Field and has many historically significant structures. The Whiskey Row project involves partially demolishing portions of two historical buildings and constructing a new, repurposed structure while maintaining as much of the historical significance of the existing buildings as practical.

The original plans called for 18 and 24-inch diameter conventional drilled shaft foundations. The large size of the drilling equip­ment that would have been required for drilled shafts would have been very difficult to operate on the constrained site. Debris including concrete that was encountered in the near surface soils would have also hampered drilled shaft construction. Site access restrictions associated with leaving portions of the historic structure in place as well as logistical issues related to getting concrete and other materials delivered to the busy downtown site as well as exporting of drilled shaft spoils made drilled shaft construction impractical. Straight Line Construction was contacted to provide a solution.

We evaluated the soils conditions and structural loading and proposed a one for one replacement of the drilled shafts with micropiles. Micropiles have the advantage of not being as greatly impacted by obstructions such as concrete during drilling and create minimal spoils compared to drilled shafts. The first phase of the project consisted of installing fourteen micropiles. Based on the success of the first phase, the next phase of the project was switched to micropiles as well.

A total of forty-eight vertical micropiles and ten battered micropiles were installed. A wide range of loading condi­tions had to be satisfied for the project. Vertical loads ranged from just a few kips to 152 kips. Some of the piles had lateral loads of up to 18 kips per pile. The wide range of loading conditions and site access constraints necessitated the design of several different types of micropiles to come up with an economical design.

The existing brick facade also had to be stabilized during demolition and construction. Straight Line Construction installed helical piers and constructed pile caps to support the bracing system for historic brick facing.

This exciting project highlights the creativity and capabilities of Straight Line Construction. We possess the knowledge and experience to provide unique solutions for challenging projects.

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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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