Office Floor Settlement Repair

Portsmouth, VA

The Job

This office floor settlement repair project is located near Norfolk, Virginia. The slab floor inside of a grain import/export facility office sank both differentially and globally. All exterior walls are on driven timber piles, but the floor floats independently of the foundations. Slab settlement up to 3 inches affected approximately half of the building footprint.

The Challenge

Over the roughly 15 years that the floor was settling, maintenance crews were constantly repairing various systems. These repairs were including tuckpointing CMU walls, moving/shimming HVAC ducting, and rerouting water lines.

The foundation repair work on this building couldn’t impact operations. Ship loading and unloading could not be disrupted for any reason. The settled building houses many operations critical to ensuring timely loading and unloading.

The Solution

CJGeo proposed polyurethane grouting for this slab foundation repair project. Polyurethane grouting is safe, fast, and economical for floor settlement repair. Structural polymer grouting is another name for polyurethane grouting. The material of choice was CJGrout 28FDL. 28FDL is optimal for lifting light duty commercial floors experiencing both global and differential settlement.

CJGeo mobilized two polyurethane grouting crews to the facility on a Saturday morning. The 4,000 square foot repair only took nine hours start to finish. There were zero disruption to operations. During lifting, previous cosmetic repairs were undone to facilitate lifting. This included removing extensive patch material from the CMU walls, loosening plumbing connections, and adjusting HVAC ductwork.

By mobilizing multiple crews with multiple equipment redundancies, CJGeo was able to ensure that the repair had zero disruptions to the facility and its operations.

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