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Foundation Supportworks by Woods Case Studies: Helical Tiebacks Installed at the Edwardsville Public Safety Building

Friday, October 6th, 2017 by Desiree Bainbridge


A curved concrete retaining wall was needed for a retention basin area at the new 51,000 square foot public safety building. The retaining wall project was a design-build and Foundation Supportworks by Woods was selected based on previous experience with similar projects. The proposed retaining wall was 10 feet high by 114 feet long with tiebacks for lateral support. The tiebacks would be installed prior to the construction of the wall, then embedded within the wall when the concrete was placed. A subsurface soil investigation showed that the proposed retaining wall tiebacks would bear in medium dense sand.


Round shaft helical tiebacks were selected to provide the lateral support system for the wall. One row of fifteen (15) Model HP288 helical tiebacks were proposed with lateral spacings of about 7 feet and the connection to the wall at about 2 feet below the top of wall. The HP288 is manufactured with tight tolerances at the couplers which allowed the free length of the tiebacks to extend straight from the embankment to the wall. This allowed the tieback termination plate to be easily located and set within the wall. The helical tiebacks were designed for a downward installation angle of 15 degrees and a (horizontal) design working tension load of 20 kips. The tieback axial design load was 20.7 kips based on the 15-degree installation angle. A factor of safety of 2 was used to determine the required ultimate pile capacity of 41.4 kips and minimum termination torque of 4,600 ft-lb. The Model HP288 helical tiebacks were designed with 8”-10”-12” lead sections and were installed to lengths ranging from 28 to 35 feet from the wall facing. The tiebacks were installed and connected to the retaining wall structural steel in one day.

Project Summary

Commercial Accounts Specialist: Paul Brower

Primary Foreman: Jose Lorenzana

Architect: NDG Architects

Structural Engineer: Dickson-Schaefer Engineering

Geotechnical Engineer: Quality Testing and Engineering

General Contractor: Impact Strategies, Inc

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Desiree is a digital marketing coordinator at Woods Basement Systems.
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