Use this CSI 3-part SimpleSpecs™ template to specify segmental unit masonry retaining walls for retaining walls constructed using stackable precast concrete masonry units.
Segmental Unit Masonry Retaining Walls (S.U.M.R.W) are a retaining wall used for soil retention, landscaping or other civil engineering projects. They are made up of pre-cast concrete blocks or “units” that are stacked together to form a wall. These units can be of various shapes and sizes and can be textured or colored to match the surrounding landscape.
S.U.M.R.W are designed to be easy to install and maintain, and they can be built to various heights and lengths depending on the specific project requirements. They are typically used for landscaping and garden walls, retaining walls for hillsides, slopes and embankments, and also for commercial and industrial sites, parking lots, and airports.
One of the advantages of S.U.M.R.W is that they are relatively inexpensive. Compared to other retaining walls, such as poured-in-place concrete or natural stone walls. They are also relatively quick to install, saving time and money on labor costs. Additionally, S.U.M.R.W can be easily modified or extended if necessary, making them a versatile option for different projects.
However, S.U.M.R.W are unsuitable for high-pressure or high-load applications, such as holding back large amounts of soil or water. They also may not be suitable for areas with high seismic activity.
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