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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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Versatility is The Point in Highway Construction

highway, construction, CRW

  SRW and The Point A UDOT Widening Project Using Segmental Retaining Walls…. “Keeping traffic moving on this critical economic lifeline running through the heart of our state was a huge undertaking, and our crews stepped up to the challenge,” Utah’s Department of Transportation (UDOT) Project Director Tim Rose said. …

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Creating a Level Playing Field with SRWs

playing field, track, outdoor, athletic

High School Athletic Complex Project Recognized for Segmental Retaining Wall – Commercial The school turned to Pete Brown, vice president of Kissick Construction of Kansas City, to be the design/build general contractor for the project. Brown definitely had a rooting interest in the project, as his daughters attended the school. …

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A Wall Worthy of Attention

pool, wall, retaining wall, CMU

Ultimate Backyard Wins HNA Hardscape Award for Segmental Retaining Wall – Residential When a family owns the house of their dreams, but it doesn’t come with the yard to match, it’s time to make some changes. The Yarbrough family from Leipers Fork, Tennessee turned to Kyle Peek, founder of Peek …

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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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Natural Beauty Shines at the 2345 House

natural, beauty, concrete masonry, design

[ Influenced by mid-20th Century modern architecture characterized by clean lines, simplicity and a balance with nature, 2345 House in Reno, NV, has ample windows and an open floor plan. Adhering to the design philosophy of the great modernist architectural designers like Piet Mondrian and Eero Saarinen, interior spaces are …

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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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Retaining Walls Provide Beauty and Stability

retaining, SRW , DePauw, university, stadium

[tie_slide} Grade changes at the stadium and practice fields required installation of several retaining walls, but bids were coming in higher than expected on the initial design. When the University approved a change to a more cost-effective concrete masonry patterned wall, the segmental retaining wall system provided a time-saving advantage as …

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