Roche building 2

As part of the modernization of its historic site in Basel, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd is erecting Building 2: this office building will be 205 m tall and located directly opposite the new Building 1, which is already in operation.


After the demolition of the existing Building 43, the construction of Building 2 required an excavation pit of 20 m deep (10 m below the groundwater table) as well as 103 large bored piles (d=1.5 m) as foundation piles on an area of 2,400 m². Because of risks of settlements damages in the surroundings and due to lack of space, anchors could hardly be implemented to support the excavation pit. Instead a bracing plate was designed (modified top-down method). For the highly stressed intersected bored pile wall, the primary piles had to be reinforced with HEM800-S355 steel beams (in addition to the reinforced secondary piles) to increase the bearing capacity.

The foundation consists of a combined piled raft foundation (CPRF) to reduce the settlements of Building 2. The foundation was computed with 2 coupled finite element models (structural and geotechnical models). These models have been iteratively and automatically matched with a self-written procedure. The input parameters of the 3D-FE-models were calibrated according to the long-term measurement results of the neighboring high-rise Building 1 - also founded on a CPRF. In addition, several static and dynamic pile tests of Building 1, which were carried out up to failure, were used for a better calibration of the ground parameters.

Services provided by Gruner Ltd's Geotechnical Engineering Department and Gruner Lüem AG comprise:

  • Planning for the following phases: preliminary design, basic design, detailed design, tendering
  • Demolition/deconstruction, excavation pit, combined piled raft foundation, bracing slab
  • Deformation forecasts and monitoring for the excavation pit, foundation and neighboring buildings due to the excavation of the pit, dewatering, construction of piles and anchors, building construction
  • Construction management for the demolition, excavation pit, foundation, bracing slap

Services provided by Gruner Ltd's Structural Maintenance Department comprise:

  • Crack-monitoring, preservation of evidence, monitoring of noise and vibrations

Structural design,
Foundation and geotechnical engineering


Your contact person

Jörg Meier
Digital Development Geotechnical Engineering
+41 61 317 62 53 | am9lcmcubWVpZXJAZ3J1bmVyLmNo

Gruner AG
St. Jakobs-Strasse 199
CH-4020 Basel

Laurent Pitteloud
Head of Geotechnical Engineering
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Gruner AG
St. Jakobs-Strasse 199
CH-4020 Basel

Ralf Hebecker
Deputy Head of Geotechnical Engineering
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Gruner AG
St. Jakobs-Strasse 199
CH-4020 Basel

Roland Marty
Head of Business Unit Building retrofit Northwestern Switzerland
+41 61 317 63 33 | cm9sYW5kLm1hcnR5QGdydW5lci5jaA==

Gruner AG
St. Jakobs-Strasse 199
CH-4020 Basel

References on the subject

Viaduct Sittertobel
Competence Center for Industry 4.0
Cardinal-Areal Rheinfelden
Automated optimization of retaining walls for excavation pit