Apex, NC was ranked as Money Magazine’s No. 1 Place to Live in the USA which has spurred a boom in construction of residential housing for young professionals. The Flats at 540 was designed to cater to this market by providing luxury apartment living conveniently located in a pedestrian friendly setting.

F&R provided geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and special inspections services for the new construction of townhomes and apartments. The project consisted of three, 4-story apartment buildings, a clubhouse, 12 separate single story garage buildings, paved drive parking areas and underground utilities. In addition, a total of 73 townhome units, paved private streets, installation of utilities and parking lot areas are adjacent to the new apartment complex.

F&R’s geotechncial engineers provided subsurface exploration and geotechncial evaluation for the construction site. Soil samples were collected, classified and tested in F&R’s laboratory. F&R provided recommendations for structural fill, foundations, retaining walls, aggregate pier options, slope stability construction, and pavement design.

The site development phase of CMT services included:
• Observation of proofrolls;
• Field density testing;
• Laboratory soil testing;
• Soil subgrade and ABC stone base course thickness; and
• Asphalt core thickness.

The construction of apartments phase of CMT and SI services included:
• Foundation evaluations;
• MSE wall construction observation;
• Concrete compression strength testing;
• Observation of concrete placement; and
• Inspection of foundation reinforcing steel & masonry.