Fascia Full Height Panel MSE Retaining Wall

Salt Lake City Ut. Airport

Unique Features:

Retro fit existing closed face MSE wire wall with full height architectural finish panels. No earth pressure can be transferred to the fascia panels since the “gap” between the panels and the MSE wall is filled with styrofoam  “peanuts” (pellets).  In addition, the tie rods that secure the panels to the MSE wall, are encased in an oversized sleeve to prevent any shear loads from being transferred to the rods should there me any wall foundation consolidation.

Area Client Full Height Fascia Panel MSE Wal Scope Of Work

Main St. Station El Cajon, Calif.

El Cajon Calif.

Unique Features:

This essentially vertical wall supports high E 80 loads (night traffic) and LRT commuter rail traffic during the day.  By using  reverse batter counterforts a planting space is provided between the wall tiers. Internal wall landscaping is unique to the Stresswall System and softens and aesthetically blends the wall face into the environment while eliminating the possibility of graffiti on the wall surface and associated removal costs.

Area National Projects Client E 80 & LRT Tiered Wall Scope Of Work

LRT 132 ASCE Project of the Year Award

Fletcher Parkway at Jackson Dr. La Mesa, Calif.

Unique Features:

This ASCE award winning wall is the result of a value engineering proposal submitted to SANDAG (formerly MTDB) by the contractor. The original plan design was a typical MSE wall that required very specific wall fill.  All of the wall components are precast/prestressed elements and were made locally.  The essentially vertical wall with internal planting offset between the counterfort tiers are possible due to the unique revers batter counterfort configuration.  Morrison Knudsen was the engineer for the wall.

Brad Lewis (with KTU&A), the landscape architect, selected indigenous plants that alternatively bloomed continuously so that the wall face always has a variable color pallet.  Since emitters are used for irrigation water use is at a minimum.

One of the factors that added VECP was the reduced cost of fill for the counterfort wall compared to the MSE wall.  By utilizing construction debris from a landfill substantial savings were realized.  In addition, the erection rate for the counterfort wall was substanially faster than would have been the case for an MSE wall.

The MSE wall also required internal cip foundation supports for the catenary poles for rail power lines. Due to the structural capacity of the precast counerforts special counterforts were designed to support both the top tier wall panels and to be utilized as foundation support members for the catenary poles.

This wall, as well as other Stresswalls supplied to SANDAG, are designed for locomotive E 80 traffic.  During the day the rails are used by LRT lines whereas at night freight lines utilize the line.


Area Herzog Construction Client 32' High Rail Wall Scope Of Work

40′ High Apache Trail Access Road


Unique Features:

This project is the result of a VECP proposed to the Bureau of Reclamation by the contractor.  The wall  supports the access road to the Theodore Roosevelt Dam Power Station.

The original design was a typical massive cip wall.  Field testing determined that ground anchors would be required to both pre-compress the insitu soil as well as enhance wall stability.  Therefore the wall has a unique foundation configuration.  By including a cip grade beam with vertically oriented mini piles over which the counterforts were placed provided adequate foundation bearing capacity for the wall.  In addition, following placement of the base counterforts, ground anchors (tie backs) where inserted through the cip grade beam that was cast over the tails of the counterforts.

Following the installation of the base tiers and anchors the subsequent upper tier components were placed.  Site excavated cut material was used for wall fill.

Area Bureau of Reclamation Client Scope Of Work

Gulf Seawall Palacios, Texas

Palcios, Texas

Unique Features:

This 1.5 mile 8′ high wall was constructed in the spring when there are typically no hurricanes or major storms.  Although unfortunately that was not the case the wall components were placed quickly and reaches filled between high wave events.

The other bid option was a panel MSE wall system.  Due to the fact that the counterfort wall can be designed to use a wide range of wall fill including the “clayey” site material the low bidder selected Stresswall partially due to the fill savings compared to the  spec. fill for the MSE wall option

The 8′ high ‘seawall counterforts” were cast at Manco in San Antonio and delivered to the site.  The shots show the counterfort elements  stored on the beach in front of the wall.  By working off of the existing embankment excavators placed the counterforts into slots cut into the existing slope.  The excavation costs were therefore substanially less for Stresswall than would have been the case for the MSE option.

The “elevated base seawall” counterfort has a unique configuration which results in the minimum excavation volume as well as providing the counterfort support base at a higher elevation than the bottom of the wall elevation.  This element geometry facilitates an efficient component erection even in high tide conditions.  Also, since the counterfort base is elevated compared to the bottom of the counterfort face, the resultant earth and surcharge loads passes through the counterfort base so the overturning moment is at a minimum.  Due to the elevated base the wall foundation loading approaches the minimum value of gamma times h where h is the wall height.


Area Matagorda County Client 1.5 mile 8' high seawall Scope Of Work