Menard Brings Local Presence to Pittsburgh Glasshouse Development Project

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PITTSBURGH – February 7, 2018 – Ground improvement specialists Menard Group USA will be working in their own backyard for Pittsburgh’s new Glasshouse apartment and retail project.

The five-story, 319-unit structure will be located on the former site of several of the city’s historic glass making factories, which date back to the 1800s. The site is currently being used for parking.

Menard was awarded the ground improvement contract for the project by Pittsburgh-based Rycon Construction Inc., who will be managing the project.

“Local projects are some of our favorites,” said J.W. Ramp, Project Manager, Menard Group USA. “There really is nothing better than helping to build out the communities we live and work in.”

Menard will be installing vibro stone columns/aggregate piers, which are columns of compacted granular material. Vibro stone columns can be cost-effective alternatives to piles or caissons that allow buildings to be placed on spread footings over improved fill materials. For the Glasshouse project, the columns will be installed through the upper loose compressible fill made of silts, sands, clays and gravel to improve the bearing capacity and control settlement under the footings of the building.

“Working locally gives us so many advantages,” said Miranda Slomkowski, Regional Sales Engineer. “With our shop and our Pittsburgh-based crews here, we can offer really competitive pricing and rapid mobilization to the site, which is a win for everyone.”

Glasshouse will include an underground parking garage, pool and multiple courtyards. Residents are expected to move in by summer of 2019.

About Menard Group USA

Menard Group USA is a design-build specialty geotechnical contractor offering expertise in ground improvement for
sites with poor soil. By combining value engineering and innovative techniques, Menard Group USA delivers
practical, sustainable solutions that can be attractive alternatives to deep (pile) foundations. As part of an
international network of geotechnical resources and expertise, our team brings in-depth knowledge and creative
problem solving to every project.

Contact: Gretchen Connelly, Marketing Director
Phone: 412-221-4500

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