The Precast Pier

by Valery Buslov, Project Engr.; Mueser Rutledge Cons. Engrs., New York, NY,
James P. Gould, (M.ASCE), Partner; Mueser Rutledge Cons. Engrs., New York, NY,
Robert C. Koch, (M.ASCE), Vice Pres.; Yonkers Contracting Co., Yonkers, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 12, Pg. 46-49

Document Type: Feature article


For the U.S. Navy's Strategic program, a 1,410 ft long pier was constructed on New York City's Staten Island. The combined efforts of three engineering firms, contractor, concrete precaster and owner reduced construction time by three months and cut costs while advancing the design technology of marine structures. Unique features of the pier include the longest, heaviest one-piece concrete cylinder piles in the U.S., an unusual geotechnical setting and a structural design that eliminated batter piles. Extensive precasting resulted in a minimum of forms built over open water. Value engineering, peer review and redesign were also unusual in that the original designer was named peer reviewer of the value engineering changes proposed by the low bid contractor. The pier rests on 752 concrete piles with record lengths up to 224 ft.

Subject Headings: Concrete piles | Value engineering | Structural design | Piers | Contractors and subcontractors | Concrete structures | Islands | Precast concrete | New York | United States | New York City

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