Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JAN 2016

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DBM LC light of the expansive heights of some of the walls. What's more, the contractors on the project were tasked with building a lot of very different curves. All of this might have meant a whole lot of calcula- tions, block cutting, offset joints and time. However, because of the varied sizes of the Belvedere block, in- cluding unit face widths as small as 4 inches, Rod Rucker and his crew from R&S Retaining Walls found building curved walls for the Stepping Stone project as easy as building straight walls. Even curves designed to be tighter than normal could be completed with mini- mal cutting. And when finished, the Belvedere curves looked natural instead of contrived. To complete the aesthetic charm of these open spaces, Kerrigan created a custom color to coordinate with the other elements of Sage's design. The color, called 'Stepping Stone' after the develop- ment, is one of the darkest custom colors created by Kerrigan. The dark color was chosen to contrast with the natural colors of the site and to emulate natural stone. The installation of Phase I, which was 17,000 square feet, took a five-person crew nearly six months to complete in stages, beginning with a solid block base. The team didn't need to reference a pattern to construct the walls, which range from three feet to 10 feet tall. Destination Reached The collection's two sided, stone-like texture and size offered the development various functions and finishes for each type of wall. Kerrigan and Rucker felt they met the design team's needs with pre- cision and excellence, minus the excessive costs and complications of quarried stone. The finished project for Stepping Stone speaks for itself: a simple and dependable installation, wall after wall. And, 17,000 square feet of retaining wall later, Sage added, "We wound up getting a look that was a little bit different than what we started with, but at the end of the day, it is so unique. It is so different than anything else I've seen out there today." Above: The installation of Phase I, 17,000 square feet, started in June 2015 and took a crew of five around six months to complete. The installation began with a solid block base, and proved to be fairly easy work thanks to the consistent dimensions of the wall blocks. The team did not need a pattern to place the blocks. I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 2 5 5 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 2 5 8 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 2 1 2 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 2 0 4

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