In the fall of 2015, plans were prepared for a new Dollar General Store on Mississippi Hwy 51 South in Hernando, Mississippi. The site plan for the new store called for a retaining wall with a 4-foot maximum exposed height of 211 feet along the north property line. Although not exceptional in height, the retaining wall would need to be constructed within 5 feet of the property line with no construction easement on the neighboring property.
In the spring of 2015, plans were prepared for a new Dollar General Store off Mississippi Hwy 19 South, just east of Meridian, Mississippi. The site plan for the new store would require an 11-foot grade separation along the south property line to allow for access to the parking lot off Sandflat Loop Road.
The geotechnical report for the project described the site soils as loose to medium dense clayey sand with marginal shear strength. In addition to the required height and close proximity to the property line, the top of the wall would be required to support a crest slope and drainage swale to effectively manage surface run-off.
In 2016, Centre County, Pennsylvania housed an otherwise quiet part of town rumored to bloom into new life. Bellefonte Waterfront set into motion a new interest in the area, causing a domino effect among the local businesses.
The Bellefonte Waterfront Development project consisted of eight walls. Retaining walls were necessary here in order to provide space for a walking path along Spring Creek. The fifth wall was designed to incorporate 15 feet of concave radius sections to allow benches intermittently along the path. These retaining walls were tiered to provide both a Riverwalk path and a level space for future development.
The developer for this residential subdivision property needed a retaining wall to support a cut excavation at the rear of the project site. The proposed wall would be 9 feet tall and be located only 5 feet from the property line. MMC Materials, Inc., manufacturers of the Redi-Rock retaining wall system in Jackson, Mississippi, called on JC Hines and Associates to see if Redi-Rock would work for this site.
In the summer of 2016, The Grayson County Public Library (GCPL) had finally settled on a new location in Leitchfield, Kentucky. After moving several times since opening in 1980, the new building on Carroll Gibson Boulevard would become the library’s new home. Site plans were drawn and the building design was completed. However, the site plan would require a retaining wall to retain the hillside adjacent to the new building foundation. The excavation required for a conventional segmental retaining wall with geogrid reinforcement would require the removal of most of the hillside at substantial cost. So, the general contractor for the building construction reached out to Redi-Rock of K.I.T. for possible solutions.
New Albany, Indiana, is nestled along the Ohio River across from the bustling city of Louisville, Kentucky. The Summit Spring hilltop offered a beautiful overlook on the city and promised to be a budding business breeding ground. In order to access the hilltop site, the existing West Daisy Lane Road would need to be extended to reach the proposed Summit Springs center development.
In March of 2017, CR Properties, LLC began construction on a mixed-use development in the midtown district of downtown Hattiesburg. Located at 31st Avenue, directly across Hardy Street from The University of Southern Mississippi, The District at Midtown will be a living, shopping and dining mixed-use development. The first phase of the development will include a 100-room Hotel Indigo and 46,000 square feet of mixed-use space that will include seven (7) restaurants, retail space and fourteen (14) apartments on the east and west sides of 31st Avenue. Phase 2 will include the construction of a 10,000-square foot building that will include retail space as well as luxury apartments.
The intersection of Hwy 12 and Hwy 739 just south of Ethel, Mississippi is not only home to a new Dollar General store, but is also the location of an innovative retaining wall system that is one of the first of its kind in the state of Mississippi. Designed by JC Hines and Associates in the fall of 2015 to support the parking area in front of the store, the Redi-Rock Positive Connection (PC) retaining wall system utilizes wet-cast, precast Redi-Rock modular retaining wall facing units and 12-inch wide strips of PVC coated polyester geogrid that pass through a vertical core slot in the wall units to create a unique type of mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining wall.
In the fall of 2016, JC Hines and Associates was honored to be selected to join the design team of Watermark Residential as they finalized site design for a new project in Chesterfield, Missouri. One of the nation’s top multifamily builders, Watermark had begun planning the 345-unit upscale apartment community when they recognized that the site plans for the Chesterfield project would require a number of critical retaining wall structures. The retaining walls would not only need to meet the complex geotechnical and structural needs of the project, but also the inspiring aesthetics that are a signature aspect of Watermark Residential communities.
In the spring of 2016, a U.S.-based chain of popular gas station/convenience stores was planning the construction of a new store at the intersection of McClay Road and Jungermann Road in St. Peters, Missouri. Given the limitation on the developable space that the project site offered and the existing slope along the eastern border of the property, approximately 455 linear feet of retaining wall would be required. The retaining wall would ultimately reach a maximum design height of 15 feet.
In the spring of 2016, the discount sporting goods store chain, Academy Sports + Outdoors began planning the construction of a new store just off Mississippi Hwy 12 in Starkville, Mississippi. The new 60,000 square-foot store would be situated on a previously undeveloped, 11-acre site that would include new parking areas, access drives, related site work and two (2) retaining walls.
In the early spring of 2017, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), Department of Highways released plans for a new bridge on South Preston Highway (KY 61) to be constructed over Barley Creek. The new bridge was to be constructed where Barley Creek crosses under KY 61 just north of the intersection with Belmont Road in Bullitt County, Kentucky.
In the fall of 2015, the Cobb County Department of Transportation released plans for road widening, drainage improvements and new sidewalk construction along the scenic thoroughfare known as Little Willeo Road near Marietta, Georgia. Among the list of primary improvements were three (3) retaining wall structures that would provide the necessary support for the grade separation required to widen the street.
In the winter of 2015, the private neighborhood of Lost Rabbit in Madison, Mississippi was preparing for a new phase in their development. This new phase of construction would include a man-made canal that would lead directly into the Ross Barnett Reservoir, a 33,000-acre lake situated in the Pearl River Valley.
In early 2017, King Louie’s Sports Complex in Louisville, Kentucky expanded their 46,000 square foot facility to include two outdoor sports fields. The state of the art sports facility on North English Station Road has two indoor turfed fields, turfed training areas and is capable of hosting multiple sporting events including lacrosse, field hockey, soccer and flag football.
In the summer of 2015, discount grocer, Aldi Inc., chose a site for a new store on Gallatin Pike in Madison, Tennessee. Although only about a half mile from an existing store, the new location would replace the existing store and provide an additional 6,500 square feet of retail space.
In 2015, the Louisville Sports Authority realized the BMX track at the Derby City facility did not meet current requirements. For the facility to maintain its status as a premier BMX race track, renovations had to be done before the Labor Day 2016 race they were slated to host. Unlike other sports venues, no BMX track is the same. The length and complexity of each course is completely different, so there was no “one size fits all” solution.
JC Hines and Associates designed this two-tiered segmental retaining wall for the entrance to an upscale outdoor shopping center near Dayton, Ohio in 2005. The wall is designed with dry-cast modular concrete block facing units and high-strength, woven geotextile that anchors the facing units and provides the required soil reinforcement for earth retention. The maximum height of this structure is 17 feet.
In 2008, JC Hines and Associates designed this segmental retaining wall to support the primary access drive to a new elementary school in the Cincinnati suburb of Mt. Healthy. The wall is designed with dry-cast modular concrete block facing units and PVC coated polyester (PET) geogrid that secures the facing system to a coherent reinforced earth mass created by multiple layers of the geogrid reinforcement. The maximum height of this structure is 19 feet.
The front entrance to this rehabilitation center in the Cincinnati suburb of Green Township required a 39-foot., two-tiered retaining wall structure. Not only was the retaining wall to be a highly visible and significant structural feature of the project, its foundation was initially planned to be located in a highly slide-prone, colluvial soil formation.
In 2012, the City of Owensboro, Kentucky secured federal funding for long-needed improvements to a major drainage channel within the city limits known as Persimmon Ditch. The design goals for the channel improvements included correcting the hydraulics of the channel to limit flooding concerns and to protect a sanitary sewer line from erosion that crossed under the stream channel at shallow depth. The planned work was further complicated by soft foundation soils and elevated seismic design requirements.
The ultimate goal of the 21st Century Parks organization is to construct a contiguous beltway of interconnected parks and outdoor recreational areas around the city of Louisville, Kentucky. In project phase 3A, designers were faced with the challenge of transitioning the new Park Road with the existing Echo Trail near Floyds Fork Creek. This ultimately required a 41-foot embankment to be constructed over soft soils. JC Hines and Associates prepared the mechanically stabilized earth retaining wall design utilizing back-to-back precast modular block walls reinforced with 12-inch strips of geogrid soil reinforcement. Construction was completed in the Spring of 2013.
Where Kentucky State Route 4 skirts the northwestern edge of the city of Lexington, Kentucky, the multi-lane limited access highway is known as New Circle Road. During the summer of 2015, the widening of New Circle Road commenced between US Hwy 60 (Versailles Road) and US Hwy 421. Estimated at $53.2 million, the work consisted of approximately 3.2 miles of lane additions, in each direction, as well as shoulder widening, on-ramp and exit ramp realignment and bridge widening.
The TIRZ 17 Redevelopment Authority (Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Number Seventeen also known as the Memorial City Redevelopment Authority) is a local government corporation created to aid, assist and act on behalf of the City of Houston, Texas. Its mandate is to promote the common good and general welfare in the Memorial City area of Houston through investment in public infrastructure. Roadway and drainage improvements in this growing area of the City are of particular interest to the corporation. In the fall of 2014, the Memorial City Redevelopment Authority accepted bids for the reconstruction of Lumpkin Road between Westview Drive and Northbrook Drive.
In September 2013, the Kansas Department of Transportation accepted bids for the K-10 South Lawrence Trafficway Project. Planned as a three-year phased construction project and budgeted at nearly $130 million, the plans for the project called for the relocation and reconstruction of a portion of 31st Street between Haskell Avenue and O’Connel Road within the city limits of Lawrence, Kansas.
The Wessleman Road and Rybolt Road intersection in Green Township of Hamilton County, Ohio was well-known for its traffic and safety issues. Poor sight distances and increasing traffic volume had combined to make this intersection of the two local streets notorious for its hazards. With a new subdivision development planned to add over 200 new homes in the immediate vicinity, the daily traffic count in this intersection would increase significantly. It was time for county officials to act. In April of 2014, the Hamilton County Engineer’s Office released construction plans for these much needed improvements.