Wagman Geotechnical Construction Project

WellSpan Health Surgical and Critical Care Tower

  • Location

    York, PA

  • Duration

    January 2024 - October 2024

Wagman’s Geotechnical Construction group has been subcontracted to design and install two temporary support of excavation walls so the excavation can be completed for the WellSpan Health’s Surgical & Critical Care Tower. The first wall is 650 feet long and will be up to 39 feet tall when complete. The shoring system is designed to have cranes sitting on top of the wall to assist with the construction without impeding traffic on the nearby road. The second wall is 445 feet long with a maximum height of 23 feet. This wall will be located through the middle of the project site so the basement and first floor can be constructed.

Wagman is designing and installing micropiles for several of the pile caps as well as designing and installing micropiles for the tower crane foundation.

Key Challenges & Project Details

  • The project is on an accelerated schedule so there are existing utilities in the excavation area that have to be protected until they can be relocated.
  • The project will have limited access once the excavation is complete, so Wagman designed the SOE system to allow rough terrain cranes to sit on top of the wall.
  • This is the second time Wagman has provided geotechnical construction services to WellSpan York Hospital.
    In 2015, crews finished excavation support with tiebacks for an Emergency Department expansion project.