June 28, 2022

ENGEO spearheads complex geoengineering analyses for mega development on top of Bay Area landfill


Bay Area shortage in housing and commercial space lead to development on former railyard and landfill site.

SAN FRANCISCO – ENGEO, the world’s leading geoscience engineering firm, has initiated the necessary geotechnical analysis to optimally recover 684 acres of land at the Baylands site, one of the largest undeveloped sites between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, in Brisbane, California. ENGEO will provide ongoing geotechnical services throughout the project’s duration to determine the requirements of redevelopment on soft compressible soil and landfill waste material. The redevelopment is projected to create over 2,200 residential units, 6.5 million square feet of commercial office space, with 2.5 million square feet allocated for life sciences laboratories and an additional 500,000 square feet for hospitality facility development.

“ENGEO is honored to spearhead these foundational steps in this growing trend of landfill redevelopment.” said Uri Eliahu, ENGEO’s CEO. “Baylands has remained undeveloped for many years and we’re proud to be a part of this project. The life sciences sector is booming, and Baylands is ideal for companies in the industry exploring options in the Bay Area.”

Landfill redevelopment is an emerging trend as housing and industrial supply continues to lag behind demand. ENGEO’s geotechnical analyses combined with recent research and development from UC Berkeley resulted in an estimated $350 million savings in earthwork construction costs. Two adjacent sites are to be redeveloped, the Baylands Railyard and the former Baylands Landfill. ENGEO will utilize this unique engineering approach to optimize the design of buildings for this project and will continue to apply this to future projects.

Project Highlights

  • ENGEO performed a geotechnical exploration, precise sampling and rigorous state-of-the-art analysis.
  • ENGEO performed sophisticated finite-element modeling to analyze slope stability and predict the
    seismic deformation of the landfill more accurately, quantifying the actual risk, rather than applying the simplified analytical methods typically used in these situations.
  • ENGEO designed a forward-looking ground-improvement program to efficiently mitigate settlement of the waste and compressible soil, allowing flexibility to change land usage to allow for flexibility in land use that could accommodate adjustments in response to market demand.


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