Bakersfield Heart Hospital
Bakersfield, California


Geotechnical Engineering Investigation
Engineering Geology Investigation
Construction Inspection & Material Testing


SALEM Engineering Group, Inc. was retained by MedCath Corporation as the Geotechnical Engineer of Record for Bakersfield Heart Hospital expansion project located at 3001 Sillect Avenue in Bakersfield, California. The project included the design of three new multi-story hospital wings adjacent to the existing hospital. In addition, the project included the design of a three-level parking garage, parking and drive areas, underground utilities and associated infrastructure. The hospital expansion project is located over historically shallow groundwater and potentially liquefiable strata. SALEM Engineering Group, Inc. prepared the design level geotechnical report and geo-hazard report for the site, which was subject to OSHPD review.



SALEM Engineering Group, Inc. provided detailed geotechnical and geo-hazard services which incorporated hollow-stem auger borings and cone-penetration tests (CPT) for development of design recommendations for conventional shallow foundations and deep foundation systems for the hospital expansion and parking garage structure, the latter of which was situated over an existing storm water retention basin. Our Geotechnical Investigation for the multi-story hospital wing included six borings at depths up to 50 feet below ground surface (bgs), as well as six additional cone penetration tests at depths up to 50 feet bgs. Our Geotechnical Investigation for the multi-story parking structure included three borings as well as three additional cone penetration tests at depths up to 50 feet bgs. SALEM Engineering Group, Inc.’s soil laboratory conducted a variety of tests on samples retrieved during our geotechnical investigations to determine the soil parameters needed both shallow and deep foundation design.

SALEM Engineering Group, Inc. surpassed the owner’s expectations in coordination and collaboration with the design team and ownership stakeholders during the project pre-design to ensure adequate information was provided for the parking garage location and potential issues associated with construction.

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