The first of nearly 260 steel piles is scheduled to be driven into the ground on Thursday to support the foundation of the future General Academic Building No. 1 (GAB No. 1). Nine test piles were installed earlier this spring.
The piles will be driven between 175 and 200 feet into bedrock. Two trucks carrying 60 to 65 foot steel pile sections will arrive at the GAB No. 1 site a few times a day. The piles are fabricated at Skyline Steel in Arkansas.
The pile driving will typically be conducted for the next few months on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the northeast corner of campus adjacent to the Campus Center. Construction work will not take place on the GAB No. 1 site on commencement day, May 31.
The work will create noise for our campus community and neighbors. The construction manager will be monitoring noise and vibration levels and making every effort to minimize the disturbance.