October 2014: 2014 Rocky Awards

Words: Dan KamysOctober 2014

Redi-Rock Announces the Winners of its Annual ‘Rocky Awards’

Redi-Rock International announced the winners of its annual Rocky Awards for projects completed within the last year. The Rocky Awards annually honor the best Redi-Rock walls built in the categories of Commercial, Residential, Freestanding, Water Application, and the People’s Choice award – chosen by the general public through an online vote. More than 130 Redi-Rock manufacturers across North America, Europe and Asia competed for the awards, which were presented at the 2014 Redi-Rock Summit. More information can be found at www.redi-rock.com.

The Parklands project in Lousiville, Ky.

is co-winner of the Commercial Wall of the Year for walls built for The Parklands project in Lousiville, Ky. Due to the topography of the area, both gravity and reinforced Positive Connection (PC) System retaining walls were necessary for the various phases of project, which includes a 41-foot-tall PC System wall that is the tallest Redi-Rock PC wall in the world to date.

Canadian National (CN) Railway project

is co-recipient of Commercial Wall of the Year for the Canadian National (CN) Railway project. The CN rail line had to be elevated over the Soci??t?? de Transport de Montr??al (STM) light-commuter metro line, where they crossed. When CN Rail geotechnical engineers saw the Redi-Rock Positive Connection (PC) System at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting in early-2011, they began incorporating Redi-Rock PC walls from Graymont Materials into the design. Trains made their first run on the line in late-2013.

Foryd Harbor Enhancement Project in Rhyl, North Wales

won the Water Application Wall of the Year for the limestone harbor sea wall built as part of the Foryd Harbor Enhancement Project in Rhyl, North Wales, along the Irish Sea coast. The goal of the project was to deepen the river channel, enlarge the marina, and improve the park area along the river. When a massive storm battered the United Kingdom in January, causing a 60-year-high tidal surge, the Redi-Rock Positive Connection (PC) System wall performed exactly as engineered.

Searle Environmental Services Ltd.

was awarded Residential Wall of the Year for work on a shoreline wall built to save a family’s lakeside home from strong storms and rising water levels. When a 2012 storm destroyed the hand-built rock wall that had been in place along the shoreline of the property for many years, George Searle of Searle Environmental Services Ltd. chose Redi-Rock to replace the failed wall. The project included 350 Redi-Rock blocks equaling about 2,000 square feet, plus 72 Redi-Rock caps.

Maine General Hospital Alfond Center for Health

received the Rock Award for Freestanding Wall of the Year for walls provided at the Maine General Hospital Alfond Center for Health. Standing at the main entrance of the hospital, the Ledgestone-texture freestanding wall is the most visible wall on the property, creating a backdrop for the hospital’s entrance sign. Due to a tight construction schedule, Redi-Rock of Central Maine coordinated with nearby Redi-Rock Walls of New England to meet the project’s schedule.

new fire station project in Summerlin, Nev

was awarded the People’s Choice Rocky Award for a Redi-Rock gravity wall and columns built as part of a new fire station project in Summerlin, Nev. The Palm Valley Golf Course in Summerlin donated land along its ninth tee to make the project a reality, and the City of Las Vegas agreed to operate the station. The Summerlin architectural committee insisted all of the retaining wall and columns at the fire station match the new tee box. They also wanted the blocks to match the look of the stone work on the new building. Jensen Precast supplied Ledgestone-texture Redi-Rock blocks in a custom color that coordinated.

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