Redi-Rock salutes retaining wall projects

Redi-Rock International announced the winners of the 2017 Rocky Awards, honoring the best Redi-Rock walls built in several categories, including commercial, water application, and innovation. Awards were presented during the company’s Manufacturer Summit, held in Traverse City, Mich., earlier this summer. More than 130 Redi-Rock manufacturers across the world participated in the competition.

Commercial Project of the Year

Grandview, Mo.-based SI Precast’s mix of gravity and reinforced retaining walls gave Dallas Baptist University (DBU) a new storm water detention pond and usable space for a new building. The project added to the university’s 10-year campus restoration and expansion vision that has so far used 50,000 square feet of retaining walls.

WaterWater Application Project of the Year

The Memorial City Redevelopment Authority used 4,000 Redi-Rock limestone textured blocks from Wilber Vaults of Houston (Texas) for expansion of the Lumpkin Road Detention Pond. Several property line restrictions made the gravity wall system a perfect fit, reaching the 19-ft. height without excavation.

InnovativeInnovative Project of the Year

With the help of Redi-Rock retaining walls from Greeley, Colo.-based Signature Stone, two towns are now connected via a 10-ft. path that cuts through the mountains. The gravity wall system in the Ledgestone texture preserved the environment with minimal excavation and matched the area’s natural beauty.

Peoples ChoicePeople’s Choice of the Year

A slope at the Hazel Green Elementary School in East Bernstadt, Ky., hindered the vision for a bus loop, an integral part of bringing this historic school up-to-date on safety. Three Redi-Rock gravity walls and freestanding blocks in the Ledgestone texture from Scott Depot, W.Va.-based Foster Supply Inc. solved the project challenges while meeting the school’s aesthetic goals.

freestandingFreestanding Project of the Year

A U.S. gas station chain needed to add a traffic barrier and fencing system to the top of a new retaining wall. Schreiter Concrete of Wright City, Mo., provided Redi-Rock’s new freestanding hollow core Magic block, which simplifies adding barriers to existing walls.