Repairs Set for BU Housing Project

By Lindsay Nielsen

September 12, 2012 Updated Sep 12, 2012 at 6:28 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A housing project at Binghamton University continues to remedy foundation issues on two of it's buildings.

According to the Dorm Authority of the State of New York or DASNY, engineers did extensive soil testing before constructing the four housing buildings.

But they soon noticed with two of the buildings a settling problem they say is not necessarily common but does happen.

The impact on the budget due to the repair has yet to be determined.

Buildings five and eight are designed with three five story wings.

DASNY said the settlement issue affects the foundation of one wing in each building and that construction is continuing on the other unaffected wings.

In the affected wings, structural steel and precast slab floors are partially done.

Engineers plan to fix the problem through a process called compaction grouting, which displaces and densifies loose soils by injecting a grout or concrete like material into the ground.

BU is on the fourth phase of the housing project, that should be completed by the fall of 2013, a timeline DASNY said has not changed due to the settling issue.

Repairs to those foundations are set to begin at the end of this month.