When you see an attractive precast concrete wall enclosing an industrial site or perhaps lining a residential development, you can’t imagine what might have gone into building that wall. We’ve had some doozies—that is, jobs that had many extra considerations. We rarely have a project that is just easy.

In Neighborville, Illinois, we were putting up 6000 feet of Chiselcrete in the Ashwood Park area. These were the other considerations that made it a little more difficult:

–We were working in the winter, so the ground was frozen.

–Sound attenuation was a concern, because there were railroads behind the wall.

–Half of the wall was up on a berm, so we used a boom truck. The concrete truck was not able to go up the hill.

–Since the wall was twelve feet high, and since it was up on a hill, we engineered the wall to have a higher windload capacity.

–Speaking of wind, the crew had to work had to work through those high, freezing winds to build the walls.

Nobody Said It Would Be Easy

Then there was the project in Irving, Texas where we built 3000 feet of 8-foot Chiselcrete wall. It was a doozy too.

–We had to drill the piers 12 feet deep rather than the typical 4 feet for an 8-foot wall because of soil conditions.

–Also because of soil, we had to put rebar cages in every pier.

–Since our piers were so deep, we had to pump ground table water out of every pier.

–Because of the depth, we had to use caterpillar equipment with three extensions.

–Then we worked on how to get the fence to work with an electric gate.

–Finally, we had to find solutions to some utility cable problems.

–And to top it all off, our customer needed to complete the project before the year was over because of permitting limitations.

There will always be something—some unforeseen circumstance—that makes a job more difficult. But in the end, you have a beautiful precast concrete wall that flows perfectly with the environment. At Artisan, we make it look easy, even when it’s not.