Basements On The Beach: Overcoming South Florida's Shoreline Excavation Challenges

by James D. Hussin, P.E., (M.ASCE), director at HBI’s HJ Foundation’s parent company, Keller Foundations, LLC.,,
Andres M. Baquerizo, P.E., (M.ASCE), CFA global product leader for Keller and the vice president and director of engineering for HJ Foundation.,,
Curtise R. Cook, P.E., (M.ASCE), Vice president of HBI in the U.S. Gulf Coast.,,

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2019, Vol. 23, Issue 4, Pg. 50-54

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: The South Florida beachfront is awash with an ever-increasing number of high-rise condominiums. As land becomes scarcer and increasingly expensive, and building regulations change to require above-grade floors to be commercial or residential units, developers must locate parking below grade. However, given a subsurface profile consisting of highly porous limestone, together with a shallow groundwater table, maintaining a dry excavation for underground basement construction is a significant challenge.

Subject Headings: Basements | Beaches | Shoreline | Excavation | Underground construction | Residential buildings | Land use | Building codes | Florida | United States


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