Schoor DePalma announced that it had provided geotechnical services to The Michaels Development Company prior to the construction of the Woodward Terrace and Pacific Court Townhouses in Jersey City, N.J. The construction of these townhouses is Phases II and III of the larger multi-phase Jersey City, N.J. Hope VI project. A groundbreaking was held on October 19 to celebrate the start of construction on the Woodward Terrace Townhouses.

Work on the project by Schoor DePalma helped The Michaels Development Company, one of the largest developers of low-income housing in the world, to determine the soil type beneath the site of the proposed two-to-three story Townhouses. Through Schoor DePalma's investigation of soils at the site, the firm was able to determine the most appropriate and economical foundation system for these two projects. In addition to its geotechnical investigation of the site, Schoor DePalma is responsible for all construction quality control and special inspection aspects of the site's foundation.

Subsurface investigation of the area included test boring and test pits, which Schoor DePalma used to obtain an analysis of the soils. After performance tests were completed on soil bearing capacity and soils analysis, the company prepared a recommendation report for the developer on the appropriate foundation system for the site. Construction management tasks that Schoor DePalma will perform to ensure stability in the site's foundation, include: earthwork observation; excavation and backfill observation; performance of pile load tests; and observation of production pile installation.

In Phase I of the Jersey City Hope VI project, Schoor DePalma provided geotechnical engineering and construction quality control services for Lafayette Senior Center, a four-story senior citizen apartment building in Jersey City.

The Hope VI program was developed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help provide demolition and revitalization funding for severely distressed public housing. The program's main goals are to improve physical structures, create housing incentives that empower citizens, reduce areas of poverty by encouraging mixed-income communities, and create partnerships with the public and private sector to help leverage expertise and services.

Source: Schoor DePalma, Nov. 4, 2004