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Demolition, Earthwork, Foundation, and Utility

Project Overview

Veit was subcontracted by OpusDesign Build and Ryan Companies to work on three separate projects at theUniversity of St. Thomas, which included the expansion of the Iverson Center for Faith, site development for a new residence hall, and site development for a 5-story residence building. Responsibilities for these projects included mass excavation, earth retention system installation, finish grading, and site restoration.

The Iversen Center for Faith was a renovation and expansion of the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel. To maintain the original look of the chapel, it was designed so that the majority of the additions would be underground. Tunnels were also implemented to connect the space to Murray Herrick Center. Veit’s scope included site removals, clearing and grubbing, mass excavation including structural excavation and backfill, earth retention systems, and both conventional concrete and shotcrete/soil nail/resistance pier underpinning. Finally, Veit performed finish grading and site restoration.

The second project was a site development for a new residence hall, a five-story building. Veit’s work included site removals, clearing and grubbing, demolition of four-story building, mass and structural excavation, earth retention system–soldier beam and lagging, fill over concrete deck and finish grading and site restoration.

The third and final project was for another five-story hall. Veit’s scope included site removals, clearing & grubbing, mass and structural excavation, and retention with H-beam and lagging. Site utilities were installed including a new water service, a sanitary sewer, and storm sewer including an infiltration system. Our recycling efforts helped the projected achieve LEED Platinum status

University of St. Thomas
Type of Project
Demolition, Earthwork, Foundation, Utility
Project Scope
Demolition, Earthwork, Foundation, and Utility
April 2019 – October 2020

Challenges We Solved

Multiple Contractor
Veit performed civil scopes concurrently on 3 separate projects for 3 project teams and two general contractors. All the job sites were adjoining, and each had a specific schedule and requirements. Veit balanced the needs of each team and site
Diverse Scope of Work
All three sites included multiple scopes of work. Veit was contracted for earthwork and foundations on all three and utilities on only the Second Year Residence Hall. This required coordination not only between the sites but also across other scopes of work.
Complex Foundation
The Iverson Center for Faith included complex earth retention and underpinning of an existing 100-year-old church to allow excavation to depths of 26’ adjacent to the structure. All foundation systems across the three projects were performed in a manner to minimize vibration and disturbance to existing structures.