Word-of-the-Month: H-piles

H-piles are structural beams that are used extensively in deep foundation applications to add stiffness and support for large structures. They shift high load bearing capabilities to deeper bearing soils when the surface soils lack the necessary support properties. Modern h-piles are traditionally made of steel or concrete, but timber was the first material used for an h-pile.

H-piles are available in a wide variety of sizes and can be used to provide support for large commercial buildings, residential homes, bridges, and marine structures.

Fun Fact
In their earliest form, h-piles consisted of rows of timber stakes driven into the ground and were used by the ancient Aztecs, ancient Romans, and, reportedly, during the rule of Julius Caesar for the construction of a bridge over the Rhine River.

Stahl is using h-piles for the construction of the Tru by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton 41,129-square-foot addition in downtown Minneapolis.