Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JAN 2016

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retaining walls using natural stone. However, as operations manager Joe Kerrigan, P.E., reasoned, "those retaining walls were going to cost them an arm and a leg." The Belvedere stones proved to be an effective alternative. Sage said it this way; "By the way it installs, it creates a lot of shadow effect, helping to make it feel more natural. It's a lot more visually interesting when you see those lines that are random, as op - posed to a lot of product out there which sits straight across, feeling very manmade." The collection includes a hand set line of wet-cast con- crete wall products. Multiple unit sizes, along with unique stone textures, give the blocks a natural look. Corre- sponding dimensional coping options and column caps are available. The consistent dimensions along with prefigured patterns made the blocks incredibly simple to install. For the Step- ping Stone development, that simplicity meant efficiency, a very important cost saver on a project of such large scale. As most wall contractors are well aware, in a typical ser- pentine retaining wall made of wedge shaped blocks, blocks must be set according to a minimum radius, typically no smaller than 60 inches, and cutting the blocks often be- comes necessary to accommodate tight corners. This might have been especially true for the Stepping Stone project in Above & Left: Joe Kerrigan, P.E., operations manager for Basalite, created a custom color for the project called 'Stepping Stone,' which was named after the development. The color is one of the darkest Kerrigan has created. It was designed to emulate natural stone in a convincing way, and to contrast with the natural colors of the site. The walls range from 3'-10' high. 48 LC DBM

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