Chicago Contractor Scores Homerun For New Mets Stadium
Flushing, NY, Oct. 27, 2006 - The Mets hopes for a World Series appearance may be postponed until next season, but dreams of a new stadium are right on schedule thanks to Coast-to-Coast Pressure Grouting.
Coast-to-Coast is a nationwide contractor specializing in lightweight cellular concrete solutions for geotechnical and underground construction problems. These are just the kind of problems that stadium builders ran into when they began constructing the new building just a few feet away in the parking lot of the old Shea Stadium.
Since the new stadium design calls for the playing field to be elevated 5 to 6 feet above the level of the current parking lot, the required fill would add about 700 pounds per square foot, causing the weak native soils in the area to be subject to substantial settlement. Many of the proposed solutions to the problem were costly and would delay completion of the stadium
Coast to Coast Pressure Grouting, together with Urban Foundation, offered Geofill “Open Cell” Cellular Concrete as the best solution to the problem. This type of concrete weighs only about 22-25 pounds per cubic foot once in place, reducing the total load to the existing field by over 66% as compared to other fills.
Geofill “Open Cell” is a pervious product allowing full drainage directly through the material similar to aggregate backfill but at a fraction of the weight. It installs without need to compact or otherwise work the product.
This type of product has been used on other stadiums such as Soldier’s Field in Chicago and will also be used at the new Yankee Stadium being constructed over a subway tunnel for the same reasons.
Coast-to-Coast’s use of Geofill cellular concrete has scored a homerun for the Mets, who’s stadium is currently set for completion in 2009.
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