"When we originally constructed the apartments here, the creek was about 20 feet (6.1 meters) further away," explained Randy Humbert, President of the Residential Construction Division of Miller Valentine Group which owns this Dayton area apartment complex, Stonecreek Apartments.
"Over the past few years, the road was widened and some land was cleared up river, which caused the water volume in storm events to pick up," Humbert said. "Sediment and realignment of the stream upstream put us in the cross hairs. Any time there was a heavy rain, it just ate away at the stream bank-undercutting and caving it in and washing it away."
"Residents had been losing green space over the last few years, but when the creek intrusion started affecting the parking lot and threatening the building foundations something had to be done," continued Jeff Barrow, PE and President of Civil Solutions Associates of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Just days before Christmas in 2011, the 12 units in the building closest to Holes Creek needed to be evacuated by order of the City of Moraine. Residents were able to move into other units on site, but finding a fast solution that would get residents back into their homes as soon as possible was a major priority. Holes Creek is under the jurisdiction of the US Army Corps of Engineers, so this project required USACE permits and approvals.
The owners and engineers working on the project chose Redi-Rock for several reasons:
Barrow added: "The end product made a substantial impact and improved the overall image of the development. It turned the liability of an encroaching stream into a visual asset."
Project: Holes Creek Stabilization #145 Owner: Miller Valentine Group Manufacturer: Redi-Rock Structures of OKI Installer: Redi-Rock of Kentuckiana Engineer: Civil Solutions Associates Location: Moraine, Ohio Year Built: 2012
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