Structural concrete retaining walls have long been a fundamental element in construction projects in many areas of Beverly Hills to add very valuable developable building area to building sites. Concrete retaining walls are usually constructed using one of three techniques utilized locally. They are cast in place concrete retaining walls, CMU block or cinder block retaining walls, and Shotcrete retaining walls.
- Cast in Place Retaining Walls - The most common retaining wall utilized locally are cast in place concrete retaining walls. These walls are more common than CMU for a number of reasons, including versatility in design. Structural retaining walls also have large rebar with tight spacing, therefore CMU block walls are not always the best option. Wood form work is constructed and steel reinforcing rebar is placed vertically and horizontally as required by the structural design. After the form work and rebar is complete concrete is pumped and vibrated into the form work to form a monolithic concrete retaining wall.
- CMU Block Walls - CMU block walls are generally speaking the simplest walls to construct as there is no form work required during construction. Precast concrete block also known as concrete masonry units or cinder blocks, are placed over a supporting concrete footing. Steel rebar is then placed at specified vertical and horizontal locations. When all blocks and rebar are in place the cells of the blocks are pumped with concrete.
- The third method of retaining wall construction is a Shotcrete retaining wall. Shotcrete walls are constructed in a similar way as cast in place walls but instead of constructing the second side of the form work a special type of concrete, Shotcrete, is then blown onto the single sided form. The Shotcrete is hand finished and the form work removed to reveal a monolithic retaining wall. Shotcrete can also be applied directly over soil in place of form work which makes it an ideal material for use in swimming pool applications.
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