New Construction - Delaware Country Club
- After a century in existence, this landmark Wilmington country club continues to receive upgrades and improvements. The current owners purchased this prestigious country club with the hopes of bringing the multi-sport facility into the 21st century. They also wanted to make a more inclusive and accessible club affordable for working families.
To bring the facilities up-to-date, the owners worked with designers and engineers to create plans for multiple upgrades and additions. First, they began the updates by building an indoor golf center where players can play year-round. Next, construction continued with the addition of a pool complex. This new complex includes a large lap pool, a kiddie pool, and a diving well. Soon after the pool complex was up and running, builders finished the club's expanded fitness center completing the club's first round of improvements.
Upgrades haven't stopped there; the owners have pledged to put upwards of $3M annually into renovations and improvements. Their next project is to create pickleball courts by utilizing the existing tennis courts. These contributions make it possible for members to have a completely new experience of sports facilities.
- The courts are designed to utilize the club's existing infrastructure while updating it to be accessible year-round. They designed an air-assisted building that will encompass the courts. These structures are giant tents held up with air, creating a more permanent structure. By converting the existing courts, the owners saved both time and cost.
The plans called for helical pile deep foundation support and anchorage for the new air-assisted structure. Earth Anchoring Suppliers (EAS) recommended using CHANCE's 2.875" Round Shaft Helical Piles (RS2875.276). The plans spec'd a diagonally installed battered pile, EAS recommended using CHANCE's 1.5" Square Shaft Helical Piles (SS150).
- The installers began the installation of twenty-six CHANCE RS2875.276 piles with leads that had 10", 12", and 14" helixes and 7-foot extensions to a depth of 21’+/-. They also installed twenty-six SS150 battered piles with leads that have had 10", 12", and 14" helixes and 7-foot extensions to a depth of 21’+/-. These helical piles will help to support 600+ linear feet of concrete grade beam that will support the air-assisted building.
The biggest obstacle for the installer was the location of the courts. It was difficult for them to move the equipment and trucks into place, specifically for the concrete crew. But once the area was accessed, piles began to be installed without issue. Some of the piles went deeper than expected. This was attributed to fairly shallow borings. The installer was prepared and had the needed piles on hand.
As the installers complete the helical piles, concrete crews will pour the 600+ linear feet of concrete for the grade beam. Allowing the air-assisted structure to be constructed and the courts to be painted and ready for play. Once completed, players will have access to the new pickleball facilities year-round.
by Chelsea Kiesling
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