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Academic Center - College of Marin


Key Features 


  • 43,000 gross square foot building housing administrative offices, classrooms, computer labs, and a 100-seat auditorium. 

  • LEED Silver criteria was implemented 


Geotechnical Challenges


  • Locally complex geotechnical conditions including fill and natural soil overlying bedrock

  • 15 foot elevation drop across building footprint made it difficult to resist lateral loads in the out-of-slope direction 


Innovative Solutions


  • A drilled displacement pile foundation system was used to help reduce potential lateral displacements

  • Light weight fill was used behind basement retaining wall to reduce lateral loads

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