Burns Cooley Dennis, Inc. (BCD) provided geotechnical engineering and construction testing services for The Meridian at Fondren, a mixed-use development in Jackson, Mississippi. The development is situated on an approximate 4.25-acre parcel of land located across from the UMMC campus along the north side of Lakeland Drive. The Meridian at Fondren building basically consists of a one-level, cast-in-place concrete frame structure supporting three to four levels of wood-frame structure above, with the bottom level of the building serving as a parking garage. The maximum column load for the building is on the order of 550 kips.
BCD’s geotechnical investigation services included exploratory soil borings, laboratory testing, and engineering recommendations for earthwork, the building foundation, retaining walls and pavement. A deep foundation of bell-bottom piers penetrating into unweathered blue Yazoo clays (CH) was recommended for support of the building and retaining walls.