Menard Returns to Iowa to Install CMC Rigid Inclusions

Menard Returns to Iowa to Finish Their Largest Ground Improvement Project Ever

Gretchen Connelly Press Release


PITTSBURGH – February 4, 2016 – Pittsburgh-based ground improvement specialists Menard Group USA will return to Iowa’s I-29/US 275/IA 92 Interchange project in early March to complete work for their second and third contracts with the State Department of Transportation.

For the initial contract with the Iowa DOT, Menard Group USA installed extensive ground improvement systems that included both CMC rigid inclusions and wick drains to support numerous embankments and (MSE) walls.

Their most recent contracts will include additional installations of more than 12,000 Controlled Modulus Column (CMC) rigid inclusions at depths of up to 75 feet to support a Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) wall with a height of up to 28 feet. In addition, they will install approximately 18,000 wick drains.

Menard Returns to Iowa

“We’ve provided great ground improvement solutions for the Iowa DOT in the past, and we’re really proud to return to this project and break some records while we’re there,” said Steve Darnell, Project Manager, Menard Group USA.

The I-29/US 275/IA 92 project is one phase of the $2 billion Council Bluffs Interstate System (CBIS) highway improvement project in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

“These past and upcoming projects with the Iowa DOT really showcase our ability to mobilize and complete challenging work safely, quickly and efficiently,” said Seth Pearlman, Menard North American Regional Manager. “We look forward to continued success with the Iowa DOT.”

The three contracts combined make up the company’s largest project ever.


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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