Jackson Recreation Center, Jackson, WY

In 2022, Teton County and the Jackson Recreation Department began construction of a large addition to the Jackson Recreation Center. The addition includes about 39,000 gsf of new construction. The new construction will include a new lobby, a climbing gym, community meeting room, child care, dry lockers, wellness suite, new gym, spin room, group exercise room, and storage.
The owner's general contractor, G.E. Johnson, broke ground in the summer of 2022. The addition was to be supported by helical piers, the same as the original structure. Straight Line Construction was selected to install 431 helical piers with 50 kip capacity. After mobilizing to the job site to perform full scale load testing, it became readily apparent that helical piers were not the ideal foundation solution at this site. The presence of cobbles and boulders prevented the piers from consistently reaching the required installation torque. Review of installation logs from pier installation for the original building indicated virtually all of the piers spun out prior to reaching the required torque.Straight Line Construction met with the owner's representative and G.E. Johnson to determine the best solution going forward. Straight Line Construction recommended switching the foundation system to micropiles. After discussion, this solution was agreed upon by all interested parties.

Due to the granular nature of the soils, a hollow bar micropile system was selected. The micropiles were designed for the same 50 kip capacity so that a one for one replacement could be utilized. This greatly reduced the amount of engineering analysis that had to be done.
Within 24 hours of the decision being made to switch to micropiles, Straight Line Construction had additional drilling and grouting equipment and materials on the way to the site. The redesigned engineering submittal package was turned around within 24 hours and sent to the client. Within 2 days, we began installing test piles for the full-scale load tests and began installing production micropiles. Full scale load testing was performed on two sacrificial micropiles as soon as the grout had set for 72 hours. The test piles performed very well and installation of production piles continued. The contract was expanded to include an additional 29 micropiles for a new climbing wall.

A total of 460 micropiles were installed over 27 calendar days. Even with the change in foundation type and associated redesign and mobilization of different materials and equipment, the expedited production schedule ended up saving time off the original project schedule. This project highlights the flexibility and varied capabilities of Straight Line Construction and our ability to adjust to meet unexpected project requirements.Straight Line Construction Co is a locally owned and operated company serving Pueblo, Colorado Springs and the surrounding Southern CO front range for over 40 years. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing top-quality residential and commercial services to our clients. We also provide various commercial services including deep foundation systems, ground improvement, and excavation shoring and earth retention. Click here for a PDF version of the Jackson Recreation Center, Jackson, WY case study.

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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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