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Laney BEST Center - Peralta Community College

Key Features 

  • The Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Center features three distinct structures with two “Test Houses” to support advanced educational programs in HVAC

  • 5,000 square foot building

  • Seeking LEED Platinum

Geotechnical Challenges 

  • Undocumented fill over compressible bay deposits (Bay Mud) extending to 60 feet below the ground surface

  • Achieving lateral support in soft ground conditions

  • Variable thickness of Bay Mud across the site

Innovative Solutions 

  • Driven concrete pile foundations

  • Indicator Pile Program used to confirm pile lengths

  • Dynamic testing using a pile driving analyzer (PDA) used to evaluate vertical capacity of piles

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