Advantage Engineers provided construction observation and testing services for the new Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) headquarters facility located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Our work began in early August of 2013 and ran through September of 2015.
The PEMA facility construction consists of two buildings. The first building, comprised of steel frame construction on spread foundations, is approximately 45,200 square feet in plan area and 3 stories in height. The second is approximately 20,000 square feet in plan area and is single story in height. Development of the site included construction of stormwater management facilities, parking areas and drive lanes.
Advantage Engineers’ Construction Observation Services included full-time, on-site engineering review and oversight of the placement of structural fill, utility installation, construction of storm drainage features, foundation and slab construction, structural steel erection and paving elements. Advantage also provided laboratory testing of construction materials for conformance with the project specifications, including concrete, masonry and grout specimens. Over 100 sets of concrete compressive strength test specimens were cast and tested for the project. In addition, Advantage completed testing and inspections of the subgrade and subbase for all asphalt roadways and parking areas.