Terre Haute Convention Centre to be completed soon

 Tuesday, November 24, 2020 

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Terre Haute Convention Centre’s piling work is proceeding as planned and as decided it is expected to have completed by Nov.18 allowing additional foundation work in the downtown parking garage for the Terre Haute Convention Centre.

The new northeast garage will be equipped with 247 of the auger cast pilings, and the convention centre building will have 177 of the pilings. These pilings are about 18 inches in diameter, and are drilled 40 feet into the ground, then filled with lean concrete. A rebar cage is then dropped into that.

This innovative construction system allows the weight of the convention centre and parking garage foundations to be transferred to the pilings. The pilings are required as much of the soil on the downtown site is sandy and does not accommodate the weight of the buildings, Brian Kooistra, chief operating officer for Garmong Construction Services, told the Vigo County Capital Improvement Board on Wednesday.

According to Kooistra the Convention centre foundation work is scheduled to complete by Dec. 4, with structural steel delivered on Dec. 7, said. The foundation for the parking garage on the other hand will be completed by Jan. 30.

In other business, the board approved $29,205 to pay for 59 parking spaces in the ISU Parking Garage at Seventh and Cherry Street for the State Office Building and the Copper Bar. The cost is $45 per parking space per month. The agreement is for 11 months, from October 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021. The property itself was donated by Fontanet Holdings LLC, which is owned by Terre Haute businessman Greg Gibson.

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