Location
  • Bryan, TX
Services Provided
  • Civil
  • Structural
  • Geotechnical
  • Land Surveying

Project Case Study

Center for Infrastructure Renewal


The project consisted of a three-story, 133,000 SF lab building which includes lecture halls, office spaces, lab rooms, and a 60 foot high bay lab for material and structural testing. The highbay lab includes a 40 foot tall reaction wall for running complex engineering testing which resulted in column loads in the highbay portion up to 1,250 kips. Gessner Engineering provided civil engineering, structural engineering, and geotechnical engineering as well as land surveying services for the original site location on the Texas A&M University main campus. The decision was then made to relocate the facility. Gessner Engineering is now providing these services for the new site located at the new RELLIS Campus, part of the Texas A&M University System.

Civil engineering services included site grading, storm drainage, and sanitary sewer on the original 7.5 acre site. Gessner Engineering is now providing layout of site features and grading for the new 10 acre. Approximately 2,000 LF of 18″ waterline extension was designed to service the site for domestic and fire water demands. The utility scope includes approximately 1,000 LF of sanitary sewer line extension. Gessner also provided drainage design for the site. This included storm sewer to connect to the existing open ditch drainage infrastructure.

Structural engineering The structural engineering scope of work included design of foundations, structured first floor level, second floor level and roof framing for the two-story areas as well as for the high and mid bay areas. Engineering for the high bay included design of a 40 ft high by 57 ft wide reaction wall in the lab to be used for testing the specs of which included a less than .01 inch of allowable deflection with no interior buttress bracing as well as strong floor and basement structure.

Geotechnical engineering included drilling 24 borings to depths ranging from 5 to 80 ft to evaluate the soils and provide engineering recommendations for the proposed foundations at the original site. Once the site was moved to the RELLIS Campus, our geotechnical department conducted a second geotechnical study at this site and provide recommendations for foundation design and pavement design. We were able to drill the second site between April 22 and May 4 of 2016 and had the report sent out on May 31, 2016.

Surveying services included topographic surveys of both the original and new site as well as construction staking for the building at the new location.