The Mangy Moose Restaurant – Jackson Hole, WY

Since opening in 1967 at the base of Jackson Hole’s new ski resort, the Mangy Moose has been a prominent local landmark along Village Drive in Teton Village, Jackson Hole Wyoming. The 30,000 square foot building houses a restaurant, saloon, grocery market, and retail space. It has long been a favorite of locals and the many visitors touring throughout this area.

The owner of the Mangy Moose, Jim Terry, had contacted Nelson Engineering in Jackson, Wyoming about settlement that had occurred in the building. It was discovered, by cutting a hole through the concrete slab on the ground floor of the building, that a sewer line leak from a dish washer had softened the supporting soils of the foundation and columns. Warped wooden beams in areas of the building indicated that the leak had likely gone undetected for a number of years, causing settlement and compromising the structural integrity of the building’s foundation.
Concrete Stabilization Technologies’ Regional Engineer, Roy Mathis, was contacted by Robert Norton, P.E., of Nelson Engineering concerning the settlement issues the building was experiencing and to help design a repair option that would effectively stabilize and preserve the building’s foundation.

After review of plans and photographs, a site visit and survey were performed by Roy Mathis and Kelly Schild. Initial soil density tests were performed and analyzed. Additional concerns were raised during excavation for the sewer line repair. Cracks in the mortar and a change in slope at one of the columns indicated the pivot point of the settlement.

Two repair options and pricing were presented for mitigation to stabilize the soils and get a slight lift. One option to stabilize the soil only, and a second option to obtain a partial lift of the foundation, columns, and floor. It was desirable to obtain a maximum lift without causing additional distress to the building; a full lift was not recommended however, due to the time warped timbers, and not wanting to cause additional distress to the building. The work proposal to stabilize and perform the partial lift was accepted and work scheduled for the following week. With ski season quickly approaching and final preparations being made, it was very important to the owner that repairs be completed in a timely manner.

CST Project Superintendent Tomas Ramos, and manager David Yoder met on site on November 13th to discuss de-tails of the planned repair. Work began the same day as the crew set probes and prepared the injection layout. Extent and depth of the weakened soils were determined during drilling and probe placement. Injection depths and areas were determined to assure a permanent and long lasting solution.

Inclement weather, two feet of new snow, and minus twenty degrees halted work the following day as equip-ment would not start in the freezing temps. The crew got an early start on day three, however, and after finishing probe placement, shot an initial survey, and began injections using the URETEK technologies. Injections were made directly below the columns and spread footers with emphasis on the weak soil zones. Existing voids were filled, and soil stabilized as crews completed repairs. All injections were completed from the interior of the building with very little disruption to owners and management. The project was completed on time and on budget, allowing owners to complete last minute details before welcoming skiers and tourists for the 2014 winter ski season. By using the URETEK technologies, the long lasting repairs provided a tremendous cost savings to the owners and very little disruption to their pre-ski season preparations. Stabilization of the building’s foundation will provide for many more years of use and enjoyment of this famous local landmark.