Structural concrete retaining walls are a fundamental element in construction projects in many areas of Orange County. They are frequently utilized to add valuable developable area to building sites as well as to maximize the view potential of particular properties.
Typically, retaining walls are constructed utilizing one of three techniques commonly used locally. The three types are cast in place concrete retaining walls, CMU block retaining walls, and Shotcrete walls.
- Cast In Place Retaining Walls - The most commonly utilized retaining walls are cast in place retaining walls. These walls are more common as CMU blocks can limit the placement of steel reinforcing rebar within the wall and they are very versatile. Wood form work is constructed steel reinforcing rebar is placed within the wall as required by the structural design. When the form work and rebar placement is complete concrete is then pumped and vibrated into the form work to form a monolithic retaining wall.
- CMU Block Walls - CMU block walls are the simplest walls to construct general speaking, as no form work is required during the construction. Precast concrete blocks, also known as concrete masonry units, are set over a supporting concrete footing. Steel reinforcing rebar is placed at specified horizontal and vertical locations during the placement of the block. When all blocks are grouted and rebar in place the CMU cells are pumped with concrete.
- Shotcrete Retaining Walls - The third retaining wall construction method used locally is Shotcrete retaining walls. Shotcrete walls are constructed in a similar way as cast in place walls but instead of constructing a second side of the form work a special type of concrete, known as Shotcrete, is then blown onto the single sided form and hand finished. This method works best for pool walls and some hillside retaining walls.
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.