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Terracon’s Wichita Office Participates in “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

 

Wichita, Kan. — The “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” episode filmed in February in Wichita will air Sunday, April 17 at 7 p.m. CDT on ABC stations. Prior to that episode, the ABC affiliate in Wichita, KAKE, Channel 10, will also air their “Extreme Makeover Magic” at 6 p.m. CDT.  Terracon’s Wichita office volunteered geotechnical and construction materials engineering and testing services for the construction of the new residence.

Hundreds of local volunteers helped to build the house for Carl Hall, a former Wichita State University baseball player who was paralyzed in a car accident last summer. The show, known for its 106-hour house builds for families facing challenges, built the Hall family a completely new house, including an elevator, at 11026 W. Hollywood Court. Hall and his wife, Stacey, have four children.

The basement and foundations of the house were unique to Wichita and even Kansas. The footing foundations consisted of crushed aggregate, rather than conventional cast-in-place concrete, to avoid time delays required for curing. Similarly, pre-cast concrete wall panels were used for the basement walls, rather than cast-in-place concrete. The pre-cast concrete basement wall panels were supported directly on the crushed aggregate footings, and quickly fastened together. Using the crushed rock fill and precast wall panels allowed the contractor to significantly expedite the schedule.

Terracon was asked to participate by “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” based on recommendations made by some of our clients. Terracon verified the bearing soils and fill materials were able to support the foundation at the beginning of construction. On the first day and night of the week-long construction, Terracon observed the basement subgrade soils for support strength prior to the placement of the crushed rock. Terracon also observed and tested the crushed rock for compaction as it was placed in lifts.

“We were honored to participate and to be able to help Carl Hall and his family,” said Doug Aldrich, P.E., office manager of the Wichita office. “Our employees were more than willing to stay at the site until midnight on the first day, and to be able to provide our services and be a part of this special home.”

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 2,700 employees providing geotechnical, environmental, construction materials and facilities services from more than 120 offices in 39 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 41st on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, please visit www.terracon.com.