- Published: 27 June 2013 27 June 2013
CHARLEVOIX, Mich. — Four U.S. projects received Redi-Rock International’s “Rocky Awards” for the best work in 201. using the large-block retaining-wall system.
More than 120 Redi-Rock manufacturers across North America and Europe competed for the honors presented earlier this year at the Redi-Rock Annual Producer Meeting in Florida.
Winning projects came from three judged categories – Residential, Freestanding, Water Application – plus a People’s Choice Award chosen by the general public in an online vote.
Signature Stone of Greeley, Colo., received Residential Wall of the Year for the Ledgestone texture gravity walls installed at this 21,000 ft² Northern Colorado home. In early 2012, the owners of the home needed to replace several failed small block MSE walls along the driveway that provides primary access to the house. The owner and engineer chose Redi-Rock because, “The Redi-Rock wall provided an answer that allowed us to minimize the required excavation work at a fraction of the cost of other wall solutions,” the owner said. “As a bonus, it looks outstanding.”
Grand Rapids Gravel of Grand Rapids, Mich., took Freestanding Wall of the Year for the walls provided at the Arend D. Lubbers Stadium renovation at Grand Valley State University in Allandale, Mich. The work included dropping the elevation of the football field by 6’, which required a total of 9,200 ft² of Redi-Rock retaining and freestanding walls.
Redi-Wall, based in Brighton, Mich., garnered the Water Application Wall of the Year for a the Caseville Resort & Marina project in Caseville, Mich., which included replacing a failing dry-cast retaining wall with a 26.5’-tall Redi-Rock Cobblestone gravity wall. Construction of this project was extremely complicated because of houses located directly above the failing wall; the new Redi-Rock wall needed to be constructed from an 8’-wide boardwalk below the new wall. The ability to build the new wall without geogrid made this project possible.
Paxton Precast of Dalmatia, Pa., received awarded the People’s Choice Rocky Award for a stunning series of walls at the Sunbury, Pa., Riverfront Park. This project included 17,000 ft² of Redi-Rock walls to help stabilize the banks of the Susquehanna River, halt further erosion, and prevent flooding in the nearby downtown area. The walls also help create a riverfront park. “There’s no maintenance, it’s very durable, and when it goes through a flood like it did—it sets the standard for being a great solution,” said Sunbury City Councilman Jim Eister.
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