Lateral Load Tests
Lateral Load tests performed on Torque Down® Piles (TDPs) indicate actual capacities exceed those typically used for design. Two projects are summarized below: Alvarado Middle School, Union City, California; and 7th Street and Richards Boulevard, Sacramento, California.
Alvarado Middle School
Pile installation was planned to take place during the school year; therefore, TDPs were selected to reduce the disturbance on the students. The site was generally underlain by medium dense to dense sand and soft to medium stiff clay.
A test pile program was performed at the site for a future development. Available data indicate the site is generally underlain by about 50 feet of loose/soft sand/clay alluvial deposits.