G2 Consulting Group, a nationally recognized Troy, MI-based geotechnical, environmental and construction engineering services firm, announced completion of its 'earth retention wall' project that was part of the broader $180 million I-96 Reconstruction Project.
"We completely understand the disruption that this project has had on the people and businesses that depend on I-96," said Mark Smolinski, G2's president. "From an engineering perspective, we enjoyed the challenges of participating on the team implementing the innovative reconstruction approach that completed such a massive project at a pace never before seen."
The I-96 reconstruction spans a seven mile stretch from Newburgh to Telegraph and includes redevelopment of 37 bridges, overpasses and their respective on/off ramps. The project, set to be completed in 180 days, is considered one of the most compressed timelines for a project of its scope. G2 was retained by the project's general contractor, Dan's Excavating, working under MDOT supervision.
"Running beneath I-96 is a network of civic infrastructure, most notably a critical, 48 inch diameter Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water supply pipeline that simply could not be compromised," shares Mark Stapleton, G2 Project Manager. "We were able to engineer an earth retention wall that safeguarded this and other assets during the excavation process."
The G2 design provided for maximum support of the pipeline while minimizing construction materials, which reduced cost and minimized the required construction time. G2's design team was in close communication with the contractor throughout the project, so any changes resulting from field conditions or material availability were made in a timely and efficient manner.
"From MDOT on down, this was a thoughtful team that understood the complexities of the project and its importance to and impact on the broader community," said Joe Goodall with Dan's Excavating. "The ultimate implementation approach was clearly the most efficient in terms of dollars saved and time involved. We applaud all of our partners who have shown a willingness to work around the clock to get the job done right and on schedule."