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EPIC Systems Deep Space Auditorium Featured in Modern Steel Construction Magazine

September 20, 2017

The EPIC Systems Deep Space Auditorium, a project GEI helped complete in 2013, was featured in a recent issue of Modern Steel Construction Magazine’s “What’s Cool in Steel.”

The world’s largest sub-surface auditorium is nestled within the software developer’s 800-acre campus in Verona, Wisconsin. EPIC develops software for medical groups, hospitals, and integrated healthcare organizations, and developed the 11,400 seat, 1.2 million-square-foot Deep Space presentation venue to house large meetings and training sessions.

GEI acted as head geotechnical engineer for this project by drilling borings to collect soil information required for the design process. The Deep Space Auditorium was constructed into an existing hillside and required up to 80 feet of earth retention. GEI designed a 60-foot-tall permanent shotcreted soil and rock nail wall to support the proposed excavation, as well as a 20-foot-tall cantilever wall that would sit on top of the soil and rock nail wall to raise grades to the auditorium roof level. This inventive use of technology helped to cut off 12 to 18 months of the design and construction schedule. The project was completed in 29 months.

To read more about this project, please click here!