FedEx Freight Distribution Center

Project Details:

Owner: FedEx Ground 
General Contractor: RC Andersen, LLC
Date of Work: November 2016 - January 2017
Engineer: Langan Engineering
Approximate Key Quantities:  Controlled Modulus Column (CMC)®- 2,022 EA


Project Overview:

The new FedEx Freight facility located in North Arlington, NJ, is composed of an 115,000 sq-ft warehouse, 26,000 sq-ft maintenance facility, 1,800 sq-ft fuel island, and 100 sq-ft guardhouse. To control settlement and support the footings and slab of the new facility, Menard proposed a ground improvement solution of Controlled Modulus Column (CMC)® rigid inclusions.

Ground Conditions:

The soil is characterized by an urban fill at the surface that ranges in depth from 4 to 16 ft, which is underlain by thin layers of peat and clay starting from 15 to 18 ft and going as deep as 20 to 24 ft. These layers are underlain by a denser sand layer with traces of silt and clay.


The presence of an existing foundation within the site’s footprint required Menard to predrill the upper dense fill to penetrate the obstructions before CMC rigid inclusion installation could begin. Menard’s design was a cost effective alternative to piles or a structural slab. Other alternatives would have required more excavation, more time, and possibly a longer schedule as Menard crews were able to work through the winter months and inclement weather conditions.

A total of 2,022 CMC rigid inclusions were installed to maximum depths of 38 ft.

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