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SRW History Article Series: Research

Research, transportation, SRW

Segmental Retaining Wall Research While the concept behind Segmental Retaining Walls (SRWs) is nothing new, in fact, gravity walls have been in existence for over 4,000 years, SRWs reflect decades of advancement with the use of manufactured concrete units and geosynthetic soil reinforcement. The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) and …

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SRW History Article Series: Specifications

SRW, specifications, spec, CMU, contract

  Segmental Retaining Wall Systems  – What SRW specifications cover Specifications are legal contract documents forming an agreement between the owner and the contractor regarding labor, material, costs, installation, equipment costs, inspections, and management.  It is a document defining the scope of work for the contractor.  The specification defines what …

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SRW History Article Series: Durability

freeze-thaw, SRW

Success and growth in the landscape, commercial and transportation markets brought big production demands to the industry but also introduced a relatively new consideration for SRWs, freeze-thaw durability, to an otherwise proven product. The aggressive actions of expanding water during freeze-cycles and chemical attack has provided a challenge to all …

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Rising from the Ashes into Modernity with CMU

fires, CMU, views, beauty, design

  An Organic Design with Exposed Concrete Masonry The historic Oakland Hills firestorm in 1991 left behind grey ash and blackened foundations from thousands of homes in the fire’s path. Today, only a few of those torched lots remain vacant. AAA Architecture created a home for one of those sites …

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A Harmonious Connection Thrives with CMU

connection, CMD

  After six years of construction, El Do is finally complete. This house is a one-level structure with a garage loft, located at La Jolla Shores in San Diego, CA. Even though this house has been totally renovated, its design story has not changed, and the floor plan remains intact. But, …

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Creating a Tranquil Outdoor Living Space with SRWs

concrete, landscaping, outdoor living

Two-Wall System Tames a Steep Slope Natural views to the back were inviting, but space was at a premium. The solution was to create a series of terraces and travertine patios supported by segmental retaining walls with architectural finishes that emulate stone. Large sandstone boulders are scattered about as accents. …

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Concrete Masonry Shelters Animals in San Jacinto

cmd, animal, shelter, concrete masonry

When creating an animal shelter, humble doesn’t mean simple “Despite its humble architectural expression, the planning was actually extremely complex and required extensive interface with the users,” said Harley Ellis Devereaux Senior Project Designer Gary Leivers, AIA, RIBA, LEED AP. “The requirement for a single level and a footprint of …

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Providing Peace at the Colorado River Indian RE-JUV Center

CMD, design, Colorado, Indian, Native

    Perimeter Security for Indian Youth The project physically extends itself for every possible advantage on a crowded, constrained site. Integral to the larger tribal judicial and governmental campus, the facility and site layout are derived completely from the dual requirement of optimizing observational sight lines and providing staff …

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