RETAINING WALL DESIGN

With the field of construction expanding across the Southeast, environmental considerations must be taken to plan for the future to ensure that a project is protected from the elements and structurally sound for decades to come. Shield’s engineering team was contracted to design a 16-foot retaining wall along the to create yard space behind a newly developed residential space. Due to space constraints between the house and the rear property line, creating a retaining wall came with the risk of impacting the look of the property and the home itself. Shield’s team designed an interlocking double-faced gravity segmental retaining wall without the need for geogrid reinforcement. Shear pins and epoxy were utilized to give the wall an 8.8-degree batter, complimenting the wall’s construction at 10 degrees to create a total angle of 18.8 degrees from vertical.

THE SHIELD EFFECT

Shield worked directly with the client, gathering information and performing assessments to create the ultimate solution. The key was working to create the illusion of increased yard space through an angled wall with deliberate planning. By mitigating the need for a geogrid reinforcement system, Shield’s team created a retaining wall that delivered the necessary protection for the new residential home without infringing on neighboring properties. For the homeowner, this solution also created a beautiful aesthetic that doesn’t hold back the home’s appearance or its surrounding space, but enhances it. By designing and developing a retention wall with functionality and appearance in mind, Shield Engineering developed a solution fit for today’s needs while also helping prepare the client for what the future holds. As sediment shifts and the elements change the layout of the land, these homeowners can rest assured that their property’s retaining wall is well-equipped to protect their property and withstand whatever Mother Nature may have in store.

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