Does Santa's Warehouse Need Ground Improvement?
by Mandi Petrella, P.E., on December 16, 2022
But what if Santa needed to conform to the laws of physics like the rest of us? Would Santa's warehouse be able to withstand Peak Present Loading Conditions (or PPLC per the 2017 North Pole Building Code): 500 psf in the stuffed animal supply room, 800 psf on the doll house assembly line, 5 kips per leg on the automated elevated bicycle storage system?
As slab pressures rise from product storage, material stockpiling, and machinery loads over large areas, Geopier® elements can be utilized to support the slabs to stiffen the existing subgrade, reduce estimated settlements, and increase the subgrade modulus. Many well-known distribution warehouse foundations across the United States are currently supported on Geopier elements. More information
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