Public Works Washout Facility Grit Dump

Steamboat Springs, Colorado Project

In early 2023, the town of Steamboat Springs began construction of a washout facility for the Public Works Department. The new building spans roughly 4,500 square feet and features reinforced concrete grade beams on both the interior and exterior. Due to the presence of a man-made fill and soft clay layer, a deep foundation system consisting of helical piers was recommended. Duckles Construction, the selected general contractor, engaged Ram Jack of Colorado to install the helical piers.

Ram Jack of Colorado evaluated the loading and soil conditions to determine the appropriate helical piers sizes and helical configurations. The design loads for the helical piers varied from 20 to 75 kips, depending on the location. Four different Ram Jack pier shaft sizes (2-7/8”, 3-1/2”, 4-1/2”, and 5-1/2”) were used to come up with an economical design by sizing piers based on the varying loads. All piers were configured with a double helical lead section ranging from a 10/12 to 14/16 helical disc diameter. Piers were sized for each location to achieve the required design load while providing an efficient cost per pier.

Ram Jack of Colorado installed (79) helical piers within two days to keep the project on schedule. A 60,000-ft-lb capacity direct drive torque head mounted on a 30-ton excavator was used to install the 4-1/2” and 5-1/2” helical piers and a 25,000-ft-lb capacity direct drive torque head mounted on a backhoe for the 2-7/8” and 3-1/2” helical piers. The Steamboat Springs Washout Facility is an impressive testament to the quality and versatility of Ram Jack of Colorado’s products and equipment. Ram Jack of Colorado continues to prove that we have solutions for all kinds of project designs and installation requirements.

Ram Jack of Colorado offers residential and commercial foundation repair services in Denver and surrounding areas spanning the Northern Colorado Front Range. Click here for a PDF version of the Public Works Washout Facility Grit Dump 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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