New Foundations in an Old Neighborhood

by Edmund G. Johnson, (M.ASCE), Sen. Vice-Pres; Haley & Aldrich, Inc., Cambridge, Mass.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 11, Pg. 50-53

Document Type: Feature article


Sixty State Street is rising 38 stories from its deep foundation in a congested, historical site in urban Boston's business/government area. The foundation elements and the perimeter support for the three-level deep basement were installed with a minimum of noise, vibration, and other disturbances normally created by such operations. This was accomplished by using a concrete diaphragm wall installed by the slurry trench method. Resisting earth pressure with tiebacks contributed to construction efficiency since the need for temporary internal bracing systems was eliminated.

Subject Headings: Foundations | Residential location | Deep foundations | Historic sites | Streets | Basements | Noise pollution | Vibration

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