A Sinking Feeling in Happy Valley: Limited Mobility Grouting Arrests Movement of Emergency Room

by Shad E. Hoover, P.E., Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Principal, shoover@cmtlabsinc.com,
Whitney E. Greenawalt, P.E., (M.ASCE), Project Engineer, wgreenawaltcmtlabsinc.com,


Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2016, Vol. 20, Issue 5, Pg. 56-58,60-62


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Shortly after construction began on a new emergency room addition at the Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, PA (a.k.a. "Happy Valley"), the existing structure and new construction began to show signs of distress. Floor slabs were cracking to the point of causing tripping hazards to employees and patients, and doors were not functioning properly. The building's facade was separating from the structure, and survey data revealed that the newly constructed spread column footings were 2-3 in. lower than originally constructed just a few months prior.

Subject Headings: Emergency management | Construction management | Grouting | Health care facilities | Colleges and universities | Existing buildings | Floors | Slabs

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