Company has recently added New England Drystack as an alternative to its Rectangular Cut Stone face, both offering fast, economical solutions for most retaining wall conditions. Product engineers present Uwall as a fully engineered, steel-reinforced structure with inherent economies when compared to solid, plain concrete blocks. Its biggest advantage is the ability to save contractors or installers time from offloading deliveries to setting the wall block. Since each piece weighs about 4,000 lbs. and averages 32 sq. ft. of wall face—versus 6 sq. ft. on a typical ‘big block’ precast unit—producers can a) deliver about 75 sq. ft. more product on each truck, with 11 pieces totaling 352 sq. ft.; and, b) reduce the number of project loads by about 40 percent and number of sections to set by upward of 75 percent.
Top and single course Uwall sections can be cast up to 7 ft. high x 8 ft. long, netting 56 sq. ft. of finished surface. Installers routinely place upwards of 1,000 sq. ft. per day. Among custom features for the system, company engineers can detail sloped sections to follow project grading. — Concrete Systems Inc./Uwall Systems, Hudson, N.H., 800/342-3374, 603/889-4163; www.uwallsystems.com
|Uwall licensees can offer Rectangular Cut Stone, the original Uwall profile, and more recent New England Drystack (below), in Vertical, Battered, Offset Planter or Wall + Traffic Barrier versions.|