Structural concrete retaining walls are a fundamental element in construction projects in many areas of Hollywood as flat building sites are the exception rather than the norm. Structural retaining walls add valuable developable area to building sites. Concrete retaining walls are typically constructed using one of three techniques utilized locally. The first method cast in place concrete retaining walls, secondly CMU block retaining walls, and lastly Shotcrete retaining walls.
- Cast In Place Retaining Walls - More common are cast in place retaining walls. These walls are more common as CMU units limit the placement of rebar within the wall and most substantial retaining walls have a large amount of rebar to give it the strength required. Wood form work is constructed first on one side of the wall, rebar is placed as required by the structural engineer, then the second side of the form work is constructed and concrete is pumped and vibrated into the form work.
- CMU Masonry Block Retaining Walls - CMU block walls, or cinder block walls are generally speaking the simplest retaining wall to construct as no form work is required during construction. During the process precast concrete masonry units, or cinder blocks are placed over a supporting concrete footing. Steel reinforcing rebar is then set in place at specified vertical and horizontal spacing. Once all blocks are grouted and rebar is in place the CMU cells are pumped with concrete to form a solid grouted retaining wall. Many landscape walls, garden walls, or other non structural walls are not fully grouted with concrete.
- Shotcrete Retaining Walls - Shotcrete walls are constructed in a similar way as cast in place walls however instead of constructing a second side of form work a special type of concrete, known as Shotcrete is then blown onto the single sided form and finished by hand.
Our mission is to build retaining walls that last a lifetime and enhance the property. Retaining walls are frequently utilized to maximize a properties potential, both in terms of view and size. We specialize in the construction of retaining walls in all conditions. Each Retaining wall is unique and From hillside to the flats, cast in place to CMU, we can handle your retaining wall project.