This Savannah tunnel abandonment job is part of the JW Marriott Plant Riverside conversion. It’s an adaptive reuse hotel project of a decommissioned power plant in Savannah, Georgia. As a thermal generation facility, there are extensive water tunnels below the structure. The cast in place tunnels are part of the piled foundation.
As part of the conversion from thermal power generation to luxury hotel, the tunnels posed a maintenance concern. Due to concerns about inducing settlement with traditional flowable fill, the designer specified EPS Geofoam blocks. These would have effectively eliminated loads, but were deemed impossible to install.
Someone onsite had heard of cellular concrete, so reached out to CJGeo. CJGeo evaluated the layout of the tunnels, isolation methods from the river, and designed a mix which would ensure both complete filling of the structures without adding any additional load.
CJGeo placed approximately 930CY of 20lb/cuft CJFill-UL cellular concrete over a period of three days to complete the Savannah tunnel abandonment. Because CJFill-UL is highly mobile, demo debris from the access holes for building bulkheads was left in the tunnels, and encapsulated with the CJFill-UL.
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