Clemson, South Carolina – BLE provided geotechnical and materials testing for a $212 million dollar student housing construction project currently under construction. The project consists of eight, four-story, buildings divided into three zones and includes approximately 1,650 student beds along with retail space and student amenities.

Geotechnical field testing included soil test borings with standard penetration tests and water table determination. Laboratory testing consisted of Atterberg limits testing, moisture content testing, grain size analysis, and Proctors. After performing settlement analyses, BLE recommended a deep foundation system of auger cast piles. BLE also monitored the installation of a test pile and the subsequent load test on the installed pile.

BLE is currently performing on-going construction materials testing and special inspections for this project including testing of soils, concrete, masonry, structural steel, and asphalt pavement installation. This project also included reconstruction of two signalized interchanges where BLE performed tests on the new signal poles, curb and gutter, sidewalk and new asphalt pavement.