When BC home developer Cam Pringle started building his own ocean-front home on Vancouver Island, he needed a sea wall that could protect his new home from the ocean below.
"I wanted something that was engineerable - so that I could have a stamp saying it wasn't going to fall down, as compared to just a boulder stacked wall," Pringle explained.
Searching for a solution, Pringle worked with local engineering firm Lewkowich Engineering Associates Ltd. to find the best solution for the project. "A lot of clients don't put that much effort into their seaward walls, but this particular client wanted to do an above-average job because that's the type of work he does," explained John Hessels, managing partner of Lewkowich Engineering.
Two key factors led Pringle and Hessels to choose Redi-Rock® for the project:
The reinforced sea wall Hessels designed for the project included two 10 foot (3 meter) tall tiers. In addition to the tiered walls, Ledgestone was also used to create low retaining walls around an outdoor fireplace and kitchen area.
What does Cam Pringle think of the Redi-Rock walls now that they're complete? "I think they're great; I love them," he said.
Hessels echoed Pringle's opinion, saying: "It was the best mechanically stabilized wall for the project. From our perspective geotechnically, it's a very good wall."
Project: Vancouver Island Residence #138 Owner: The Pringle Family Block Manufacturer: ABC Precast Engineer: John Hessels of Lewkowich Engineering Associates Ltd. Location: Vancouver Island, British Columbia Year Built: 2011
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