The Navarre Beach Pier is the longest pier in Florida and on the Gulf of Mexico at 1, 545 feet in length, and it sits 30 feet above the water. The original pier was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan, and the project’s biggest challenge was drilling on a hurricane battered pier with a section missing. We drilled through the old pier using a tripod drill rig at a fraction of the cost of using a tugboat and barge. LMJ also provided construction testing services for the project including vibration monitoring and pile load testing.
The Community Maritime Park is a 30 acre waterfront park in downtown Pensacola, Florida featuring the Blue Wahoos stadium that holds over 5,000, an amphitheater, and a 4-story mixed use building. LMJ value engineered the bulkheads on this project saving $6 Million in steel. Maritime Park is one of the most exciting projects to be constructed in downtown Pensacola, and it also has some of the most challenging soil conditions. LMJ provided consulting and construction testing services throughout the duration of the project.
This project consisted of a 5-story addition on top of the 3-story hospital, raising the building height to eight stories. The piles under the existing building were designed by LMJ for the future expansion back in 1997, but code changes required the addition of two shear towers on each end to add lateral stiffness. LMJ value engineered the original foundation design converting battered piles, which were impossible to install in the cramped space, to vertical piles using additional borings, computer analysis and lateral pile load testing.
NFCU’s Heritage Oaks Campus features six office buildings with over a million square feet, two energy plants, and two 5-story parking structures. LMJ began work on this project in 2002 and is currently working on their Phase 2 Expansion that includes two more 6-story office buildings and two more 6-story parking garages. This project sits on a beautiful piece of land with sloping hillsides, a lake, and preserved wetlands, but it also has very difficult soil conditions including widespread seepage, expansive clay, and erratic compressible peat and clay layers. LMJ is proud that Navy Federal Credit Union has continued to choose LMJ for their geotechnical engineering and materials testing services.
Margaritaville is a nine-story 162-room Gulf Front luxury hotel on Pensacola Beach. The soil conditions for this project presented a unique challenge due to multiple, inconsistent compressible marine clay layers. After extensive analysis, we came up with the solution to support the proposed building on short, large diameter Auger Cast-In-Place piles founded above the shallowest clay layer to keep settlement within tolerance. We provided complete engineering and testing services for this project.
The Wind Creek Casino Entertainment Addition included a 68,000 ft2 addition to the Wind Creek Casino & Hotel with 16 bowling alleys, 8 movie theaters, an arcade, a restaurant & bar, a yogurt shop and a non-smoking gaming area. The original hotel tower is supported on augercast piles, and we were able to support the entertainment addition on footings bearing on firm undisturbed soils. This project also included the expansion of the parking area to the east of the casino adding 594 more spaces. We provided engineering and construction testing services on this project.