The Yonge-Sheppard Centre in Toronto: GEWI® Micropiles stabilize Pillars for remodeled Parking Garage

The Yonge-Sheppard Centre in northern Toronto, Canada, a 1976 shopping center named after two of the city’s busiest streets – Yonge & Sheppard, where it is located, is being comprehensively rebuilt and modernized. The commercial area is being widened from 34,188m² (368,000ft²) to 44,036m² (474,000ft²).

Within the scope of the expansion, the basement parking garage was also remodeled. At the lowest level of the parking garage, the foundations of the load-bearing pillars were strengthened using GEWI® Micropiles.

For this purpose, one GEWI® Micropile was installed into the load-bearing soil on each corner of all pillars. In total, DSI Canada Civil supplied 250 63mm Ø, Gr. 550 Mpa GEWI® Micropiles in an average length of 7.62m (25ft) for reinforcing the foundations. Due to limited head room access, the GEWI® Micropiles were brought to the required lengths using 1,230 couplers.

The job used a total length of 1,910m (6,265ft) GEWI® Micropiles.

Due to weak soil conditions at the jobsite, the GEWI® Micropiles were post-grouted, a technique that increases the load transfer capacity when used in cohesive soils by fracturing the primary grout at locations of high pressure grout valves. All preproduction test piles complied with the required design parameters. As part of the testing requirements, one of the preproduction piles was successfully tested to 200% of service load.


Kingsett Capital Inc. and RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust, both Canada

Consulting Engineer

Entuitive Corporation, Canada

General Contractor

PCL Constructors Inc., Canada

Micropiles Subcontractor

Earthline Foundations & Shoring Ltd., Canada

Micropiles Engineer

Tarra Engineering & Structural Consultants Inc., Canada


DSI Canada Civil Ltd., Eastern Division,Canada


Supply, installation, technical support, rental of equipment


250 63mm Ø, 7.62m long GEWI® Micropiles

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