Bernard Block project will create nearly deepest piles in Canadian soil

Deep and quiet pile driving

Mission Group is set to drill nearly the deepest piles ever on Canadian soil, and it promises to do it quietly.

The Kelowna-based development group has hired Soletanche Bachy Canada to drill the piles for the remaining structures of its Bernard Block project. The piles will go down 52 metres in a single pass, which is almost twice as deep as what a normal rig can do. Better yet for Bernard Block’s neighbours is the work will be vibration-free thanks to technology called continuous flight auger, or CFA.

“The technology behind CFA piles is several magnitudes quieter than driven steel piles and is essentially vibration free, improving the safety and comfort of our neighbours and the community at large,” Mission Group CEO Jon Friesen said in a press release. “This kind of technology hasn’t been used in Kelowna, and we’re happy to pioneer these efforts for the betterment of our community.”

Bernard Block will consist of three highrises: residential buildings Brooklyn and Bertram, and a commercial tower called The Block. Brooklyn is nearing completion, while work has yet to begin on Bertram and The Block.

The work will be done on Wednesday.

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