The historic Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, Polish Hill and the Strip District were selected for a residential/retail development known as Brewers Block. The initiative highlights the ongoing development of residential and commercial properties in a city evolving in technology and life-hub growth. A parcel at 3250 Liberty Avenue served as an ideal location for the development of a multi-building complex featuring three 6-story multi-use buildings. The space includes amenities such as a rooftop pool and fitness center, multiple courtyards, a dog park and a parking garage. The site not only offers convenience to the historic neighborhoods, but to Downtown Pittsburgh and its restaurants, museums, cultural district and shops. Once occupied by residences and commercial buildings, the three structures were vacated and demolished. A significant amount of excavation was required to meet the design grades for Buildings 1 and 2, due to previous underground garages in each.
Due to the loose silty sands at the site, the geotechnical engineer recommended a ground improvement solution to support the proposed buildings. Menard proposed a stone column technique as the most effective and economical option. Once excavation was complete and the design grades were established, Menard mobilized and commenced ground improvement.