The Decorative Paving Company
General Contractor: FA Wilhelm Construction Company, Inc.
Suppliers: Reading Rock, Inc.
DePauw University was adding on a multi-sport stadium. Part of this construction was the need for some large scale retaining walls. The site construction mgr/general contractor was receiving higher than expected initial costs coming back on the product specified. Allan Block's Ashlar Blend pattern wall was presented and the look impressed DePauw University who approved the change. The Allan Block product was able to come in with a better solution for the project at a lower cost due to the Allan Block unit design and ease of installation. In this case, the contractor could install the Allan Block product faster providing a time saving advantage. During construction, it was realized that there was a significant global stability concern with the site. The contractor worked with the wall engineering firms to revise the plans and create an acceptable solution. The solution was a multi-tiered/terraced wall utilizing select backfill for the infill zones and extended geogrid layers to intercept the global stability slip arcs that were of concern. The whole project has been a collaborative effort between all parties from start to finish on this project. The resulting wall structures are a testament to how a closely managed project with a diligent contractor and a dedicated engineer can turn out. The clean lines and careful attention to detail have created a solid and functional structure that provides the high degree of aesthetics that DePauw University was looking for. Project size - 300000 Built By - The Decorative Paving Co., Loveland, OH Blocks Manuf by: Reading Rock, Cincinnati, OH
Date of Project Completion: January 2014
2015 NCMA/ICPI Concrete Masonry Design Award of Excellence
Photography by Allan Block