Menard Reaches Record-Breaking Ground Improvement Depth in Louisiana

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PITTSBURGH – December 15, 2017 – Pittsburgh-based ground improvement firm Menard Group USA is working in Louisiana to perform controlled modulus column (CMC) rigid inclusion ground improvement for a private client’s marine terminal. The client is adding two new liquid storage tanks to their Houma Marine Terminal, located on the banks of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

Menard engineers designed a CMC rigid inclusion solution to stiffen the soils underneath each 205-foot diameter tank.


The Menard site team recently drilled to depths of over 156 feet in the first round of column installations, making this the deepest rigid inclusion project ever performed by the company.

“This project is operating in what we believe to be world record territory,” says Steve Darnell, Regional Operations Manager, Menard Group USA. “We’re able to drill deeper and deeper thanks to our experienced teams and the specialized equipment Menard designs in-house.”

The company has performed ground improvement on more than 50 oil and gas projects in Louisiana.

“Menard is very familiar with the soil profiles found in the Gulf Coast,” says Frederic Masse, President, Menard Group USA. “We’re excited to be back in Louisiana installing a ground improvement technique that we know so well and breaking records along the way.”

Ground improvement is anticipated to wrap up in January 2018.


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.

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Contact: Gretchen Connelly, Marketing Director
Phone: 412-221-4500
Email: marketing@menardusa.com


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