North America’s Leader in Helical Piles.
With comprehensive service from planning to installation, we’ll put your project and your trust on solid footing.
- 25 years specializing in helical piles allows Almita to analyze our clients’ challenges and recommend effective solutions
- Geo-technical and structural engineers on staff
- Fabricate on demand to exact client specifications
- Fast and efficient installation under any conditions
- Continually researching new applications for our products
- Highly trained team of project management professionals assigned to each project
We design, manufacture, and install helical piles with our unique true helix design.
Our culture is embodied in our core values:
|Safety is Paramount||Safety is our primary focus. It is critical that all of our team members, and everyone they work with, can go home safely every day.|
|Find a Way||We are innovative and creative. We work hard to find practical solutions to the challenges that we and our customers face.|
|Start Smart Finish Strong||We start by making a plan to execute our work, and then we work hard at executing that plan in order to deliver value to our customers.|
|Support the Team||We work as a team. We respect and support one another. We step in to help where we are needed.|
|And Proud of It||We are a leader in our industry, and we are extremely proud of what we have accomplished as a team.|
Helical piles are an increasingly popular and remarkably effective deep foundation option.
Each helical pile is composed of a steel pipe shaft with a 45° cut at the bottom and one or more formed helical plates welded outside. Helical piles deliver benefits over competing foundation systems including reduced environmental footprint, speed of installation and applications within diverse soil and environmental conditions.
Biosar-Aurora Solar, Minneapolis, MN
Biosar America LLC was contracted by Enel Green Power North America to work on 16 different project sites in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. The client needed foundations for inverter cabins on this 150 MW solar project as well as foundations and poles for their network of CCTV cameras. The project faced a compressed schedule from initial contact to scheduled project completion, and geotechnical reports indicated many of the sites contained soil that was filled with cobbles. Initially, Almita’s role on this project was limited to supplying the necessary helical piles.
Despite originally being a pile supply only job, Almita’s experience with other solar projects convinced the client that Almita was the right company to handle both the supply and install. Almita proposed a very cost effective solution to supply and install both the foundations and poles for the CCTV cameras. These were originally intended for concrete, but Almita provided a cost saving solution for this client resulting in the switch. Geotechnical Analysis indicated that some extensions would be needed, and Almita used a bolted coupler design for faster installation. To address cobbles in the soil, piles were custom designed with smaller diameter helixes and the helix thickness, and helix thickness was also increased from 1/2″ to 3/4″ to handle rock encounters.
The client had never used helical piles for their previous solar projects, but had an excellent experience working with Almita. We were able to mobilize within one week from contract award to ensure that the client’s schedule was met. Our experienced site staff were able to identify soils challenges on site and were able to identify which helix diameter would work best in which locations.