HJ Foundation successfully installed 288 auger cast piles in low headroom conditions.

The project

The Casino at Dania Beach received a $64M renovation, including an expansion for a new jai alai court. Jai alai is the heart of the Argentine-owned casino and is said to be the fastest sport in the world with balls traveling up to 200 mph. A two-phase deep foundations solution, including both open headroom and low headroom (LHR) piles, was required to make the expansion possible.

The challenge

The biggest challenge on this project was access and headroom constraints. HJ Foundation had to install 60-ft-long auger cast piles with 14 ft of headroom. The client also requested HJ Foundation accelerate the schedule.

The solution

To accelerate the client’s schedule, HJ Foundation mobilized a second LHR rig and maintained productivity within a constrained and congested low headroom site. Phase 1 included 129, 18-in.-diameter piles installed 60 ft below working grade and 21 piles installed in low headroom. Phase 2 included 159, 18-in.-diameter piles installed 60 ft below working grade; all under 40 to 14 ft low headroom. The work was successfully completed between HJ Foundation and Suffolk Construction by constantly communicating with the client and other trades.

Project Facts


Casino at Dania Beach

Main Contractor(s)

Suffolk Construction Company

Keller Business Unit(s)

HJ Foundation


Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.

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Casino At Dania Beach Project Summary