Pikes Peak Summit Complex

Colorado Springs, Colorado

  • Project Type: New Construction
  • Division: Infrastructure
  • Service: Micropiles & Rock Anchors

General Contractor G.E. Johnson began construction on this high (literally) profile and exciting project in June of 2018. The project consists of construction of the new 38,000 square feet Summit Complex which includes over 2,000 lf of elevated boardwalks and viewing platforms. Construction is occurring at the summit of Pikes Peak at an elevation of over 14,000 feet. The unique challenges associated with performing construction work at this extreme elevation are as demanding as the views from the summit are extraordinary.

Straight Line Construction was selected to install the micropiles for the project. Straight Line Construction is under contract to install 201 micropiles for the elevated boardwalk and viewing platforms as well as 9 micropiles for the building. Currently 81 micropiles have been installed for the center elevated boardwalks. Construction is expected to continue for two more years due to the extremely short season associated with working at this altitude.

The micropiles have a design load of 40 kips (40,000 lbs). Micropiles are being installed with 6” diameter drill bit and No. 9, Grade 75 reinforcing steel. The upper portion of the micropiles have steel casing to resist lateral loads and to provide a bond breaker between the permafrost and the micropile. The bedrock encountered in the bond zone is granite from the Pikes Peak Granite Formation. The reinforcing steel was acquired from Nucor Norfolk in Nebraska to meet the LEED requirements for recycled materials for the project.

Straight Line Construction is proud to be working on this exciting and challenging project on top of Pikes Peak – “America’s Mountain”. Some of the unique challenges associated with construction at the site include:

  • Extremely short construction season
  • Design of micropiles and micropile grout as it applies to the permafrost encountered at the summit
  • Harsh weather
  • Long commutes associated with the daily drive up Pikes Peak Highway

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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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