Intergalactic Soil Nails: Excavation Support for the Deep Space Auditorium

by Mary Nodine, P.E., (M.ASCE), Geotechnical project manager with GEI Consultants in Woburn, Mass.,,

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2021, Vol. 25, Issue 5, Pg. 48-55

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: A software company based outside Madison, Wis., had a need for an auditorium as part of its campus expansion in 2011. The 829,000-sq-ft, 11,400-seat "Deep Space" auditorium was to be built underground, into a hillside, to preserve the views of rolling terrain and the farmlands beyond. It would feature a green roof and rockwork facing that mimic local geologic formations. The six-story building would require up to 74 ft of earth retention, including 60 ft of excavation beneath existing grades.

Subject Headings: Audits | Soil nailing | Green buildings | Excavation | Underground structures | Terrain | Soft soils


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