The Virginia Tech Lane Stadium south end zone expansion followed the football team’s appearance in the national championship game in 2000, with construction to be completed prior to the 2002 season. The $37 million project was finished on time, adding 11,120 seats with a double-deck structure, a new visitors’ locker room and a media center underneath.
Schnabel provided geotechnical engineering design and special inspections during construction. We recommended supporting the major structural columns on groups of three small-diameter, rock-socketed drilled shafts that used side shear in the limestone rock. This avoided the higher cost of large-diameter drilled shafts. Due to the high variability of rock depths and quality and the presence of high groundwater conditions, we provided construction quality control so that the contractor would meet the intent of this distinct design. Other tasks included observation and testing of above-grade materials construction, including cast-in-place concrete, reinforcing steel, mortar and grout, precast connections, structural steel connections, and sprayed-on fireproofing.
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