Nestled in a ravine in the Ozark forest, the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of Art opened in 2011 to serve as an art gallery and community cultural center. The owner wanted the 100,000 square foot facility to integrate with the surrounding landscape, accented with ponds created by diverting a nearby stream and spring. The criteria presented several below-grade construction challenges.
Schnabel joined the design team to provide geotechnical alternatives to incorporate the unique design, reduce construction costs and shorten the project schedule. We recommended micropiles as a viable and cost-effective solution that would limit excavation into rock and blend with the planned design elements. Our scope of work extended to value engineering for many foundation components, including over 100 rock tie-downs, the facility subdrainage system, pond liners, and other design aspects.
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