Taiwan and Japan
Hart Crowser provided geotechnical engineering and hydrogeological consultation for the design and construction of Costco warehouse stores and a regional distribution depot in Taoyuan, Taiwan. The stores are in the cities of Tainan, Hsinchu, Taichung, North Kaohsiung, Taoyuan, Chiayi in Taiwan; and Kitakyushu, Chiba New Town, Tsukuba, and Chubu Airport in Japan.
Several of the warehouse stores in Taiwan cover an entire city block and require 2 to 3 levels of underground parking within the building footprint. Constraints include high groundwater tables but soil conditions differ – the Hsinchu and Taichung stores in dense, permeable gravel and cobble and the Tainan store in interbedded alluvial sand and clay.