This man-made storm water retention lake required viewing platforms and boardwalk.  Single length galvanized piles were designed to handle both downward loads and uplift loads.  Originally we tendered this project to be done after the lake was pumped down during the summer months.  Due to scheduling issues on the part of the developer, the project was not given a green light until late fall.  This meant that we would have to do the project during the winter months if we wanted the job.  We would need to come up with an approach for installing these piles during the coldest part of the winter.


  • Install 136 piles with brackets to support beam work for boardwalk
  • Successfully install all piles level and plumb
  • Install piles within an eight day period


  • We elected to deal with the ice on the lake and frost by pre-drilling a 16” diameter hole using a frost – rock auger on a T300 Bobcat with snow tracks
  • In order to install a 20 foot long single piece screw pile we had to modify our drive head attachment to handle the required height.
  • We used a 20,000 foot pound drive head on a Kubotta SVL90 Skid Steer with snow tracks for the installation.
  • Pile was installed to within 4 feet of anticipated end elevation then left
  • Once all piles were installed to 4 feet of end height we shortened our drive attachment to decrease sway and install the pile to depth with more control in order to get it plumb.
  • All piles were installed to within .5 of an inch to plumb.
  • Galvanized adjustable brackets were bolted on and adjusted for heights shot in with a laser level.
  • Successful pile installation made boardwalk installation easy for follow up crew building boardwalk.
  • More pictures to follow this summer after landscaping on lake is complete


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a job well done. After this past weekend’s deluge, our basement was left completely dry.

Aileen & Wayne Dembicki

We have had our fair share of unremarkable and even troublesome experiences with other contractors, so you guys were certainly a breath of fresh air. An honest contractor, bang on with the timeline, finished on time, within budget, your “nothing is too much trouble” attitude…and a job well done.

Michael Abbott

It is terrific to see that your company’s motto of “Quality without Compromise” is more than just words… The job was completed ahead of schedule and the workers ensured that when they left, the yard looked just like it did when they arrive. Well, actually it looked better…

Don and Eve Neil

Abarent provided a 3-page, itemized list of the specific work to be done at each stage of the project, including descriptions of optional issues (including additional costs) that might arise during the work. The company president did the initial walk-through for their estimate and later went through it, line by line. He pointed out potential problems and things we had to prepare for during the work (extra cracks, concrete dust, effects on neighbors, etc.)… Repairing a foundation is a very traumatic event for any householder because all of your house investment is (literally!) in the air. If you have to do it, call Abarent. They are professional – we cannot recommend them highly enough.

John Baker