College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
The objective of this study is to document the ground improvement techniques employed by Farrell Design-Build Inc. to allow for the construction of the Emeryville Public Market. The market is a Mixed use building, housing tenants, a ground floor grocery, and parking structure. By showing the effectiveness of this system, it is the hope that other industry professionals will be more capable to undertake and solve complex soil issues. Ground improvement is a technical, and necessary part of construction, allowing for vertical construction to begin. Farrell’s technology has the ability to transform industry standards, and create new methods of dealing with poor soils. In this instance, on the Public Market, the land designated for construction had a history of being a dumping ground in the early 1900’s. Close to the San Francisco bay, all types of contaminants contributed to the degradation of the soil, from oil, to benzene, to asbestos. This created marsh-like, toxic soils, in which footings could not be easily excavated and poured. Farrell’s patented Drilled Displacement Column™ technique was of great use in this situation, and has the potential to be of equal use in other similar projects. Documenting this process is vital to the constant improvement of the construction industry, and the never ending push towards quality construction practice.