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Red Earth First Nation School Addition

Red Earth First Nation School Addition
Date: 2013

The Red Earth First Nation are situated along the banks of the Carrot River, at a remote location in North East Saskatchewan, North of Provincial Highway #55. Executing the $13-million school renovation and addition project, Dunmac General Contractors subcontracted AGRA Foundations Limited for the foundation works of the building addition. The AGRA team 171 closed-end pipe piles (8"x40' to 16"x60') and 107 driven timber piles (12"x40' to 15"x55'). The soil conditions on-site consisted of soft to firm clay of medium plasticity, and moist to wet into depths of about 7 m, causing seepage and sloughing. Below, the clay was stiff and firm with high plasticity into depths of 15 m.


Driven piles were an ideal solution to overcome the sloughing conditions on site. The AGRA crew used a Link-Belt LS108 crawler crane with an H-lead and a drop hammer to install timber and steel piles. The remote location required about two hours of crew travel each day.