Precast concrete walls use a unique pier system that beats out traditional masonry in several ways. One of the most common challenges we find on projects is rising and falling topography. How do you put up a wall that goes up the side of a hill?

A typical masonry wall has one long, continuous foundation. That means that on a hill, you would have to pour concrete in step-down increments all the way down.

With Artisan precast concrete walls, you don’t need one continuous foundation. We place the posts five feet apart on center, and each pier is typically four-and-a-half feet deep. As the elevation rises, the piers rise. Then the panels are added to step the system up the hill effortlessly. The benefit of our system is that it can either keep a level top or step up with the elevation, depending on what aesthetic the client prefers.

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Why a Pier System is Better

Our pier system is especially useful to combat soil-shifting and washout. When the ground shifts, a continuous foundation would crack, which would cause a brick or stone wall to crack. But our system acts like a suspension bridge. It moves along with the shifts. That means the system is longer-lasting and more durable.

Another benefit of our pier system over masonry is that it leaves a smaller footprint on the job site. A masonry wall foundation might require a foundation that is several feet wide. Our piers can be as narrow as 12 inches in diameter. That means that you lose less square footage on your property line. And you don’t have to sacrifice the integrity or durability of the system.

Once your wall is up on that hill, then you need to think about wind. Our walls are reinforced with primary steel reinforcing 4 rebar and with secondary fibermesh. We have engineered them to withstand wind loads up to 180 miles per hour.

For topography that rises and falls in elevation, Artisan precast concrete is the best solution.