Construction, they say, is full of surprises.
That’s particularly the case during site preparation for a building that will be located on land that’s been part of the built environment for more than a century. It’s even more true when your project is designed to exacting Living Building Challenge standards.
Take the site of the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design on the Georgia Tech campus. In its preparations for construction, the contractor, Skanska USA, hired an engineering firm to bore exploratory holes through the parking lot that will be uprooted to make room for the building.
“We discovered a cavity that might be an old well,” said Jimmy Mitchell, among Skanska’s managers on the project. “It’s somewhat close to our foundation. So we’ll probably just need to make sure we fill it so that everything’s on solid ground.”