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Wake Forest University Reynolds Gym Renovations: Micropiles

Reynolds gym was the original home of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Basketball team and opened in 1956, so it seemed fair that this athletic home for Wake Forest deserved an update 60 years later.

In January of 2016, Wake Forest University open the doors of The Sutton Center Phase 1 of 3 renovations to occur to Reynolds Gym. The Sutton Center consists of 2 full sized basketball courts, 2 connecting atriums, and a new home for the on-campus group, Outdoor Pursuits, with their own center.
On April 14th, 2016, phases 2 and 3 were approved by the Wake Forest Board of Trustees.

Phase 2 of the massive renovations includes a new entrance to the gym, a permanent home for the new Office of Wellbeing, strength conditioning and cardio spaces, a new bouldering wall, and classrooms throughout the building.

Phase 3 plans include an 8 lane pool, a whirlpool, group exercise studios, Campus Recreation offices, and new Varsity Volley Ball facilities.
UMA, Geotechnical Construction was brought onto this multi-year renovation in order to help bring stability and efficiency to majority of the Phase 3 projects.
Through our engineering, we compiled a system of 32+ micropiles that would be used to help stabilize and hold the foundation of Reynolds Gym Pool and other amenities for students, faculty, and staff to use.


These micropiles were placed constructed by advancing high strength steel casing to depths in excess of 90 feet below the ground surface. State-of-the-art drilling techniques and limited access equipment were used to complete the construction. To ensure the design conditions were satisfied, UMA performed a full-scale load test on a sacrificial micropile. During this test, 600,000 pounds of force was applied to the pile to verify the strength and durability of the micropiles.

UMA’s role in the renovations of Reynolds Gym was to provide a base that can withstand the test of time. UMA’s contribution that won’t be seen by students when the entirety of the renovations are done, but will uphold a building for many years to come.

To read more about the Reynolds Gym Renovations, please visit the Wake Forest University Campus Recreation website.

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