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Slope Instability Sparks Project Need

In April 2017, the University of Northern Iowa reached out to Snyder & Associates in need of design and construction administration services to reconstruct a retaining wall at the Curris Business Building. Built in 1990, the existing limestone retaining wall had begun to fail due to slope instability.

“With the fall semester just a few months away, this project required a time-sensitive approach,” shares Jerod Gross, PE, LEED AP, of Snyder & Associates. Everything from design to construction had to occur in quick succession.”

“By coordinating with local contractors and landscape suppliers, we were able to identify and utilize readily available materials that fit the design parameters of the project,” adds Clay Schneckloth, PLA, Landscape Architect for Snyder & Associates. “This helped us move the project along quickly and efficiently, saving valuable time.”

Collaboration is the Cornerstone of Success

Through construction site visits and expediting the review of submittals and construction staking services, Snyder & Associates kept the project moving forward.

“Collaboration was crucial to this project,” notes Gross. “Without the efforts of all team members, including the University of Northern Iowa, Terracon, Matthias Landscaping, and Benton’s Sand & Gravel, the project wouldn’t have been completed on time.”

The new wall, completed in August, is constructed from solid concrete modular blocks and features a mix of shrub and perennial plantings that blend to create an attractive outdoor space.

“This challenging project with a tight schedule came together, and the result is a nice improvement for the campus. Thanks to everyone at Snyder for your involvement,” shares Doug Lovejoy, Construction Project Manager and Engineering Planner for the University of Northern Iowa.

Snyder & Associates provided topographic survey services, coordinated geotechnical testing and structural design with Terracon, Inc., and developed construction drawings for a bid letting on June 27.  Three bids were received, and the project was awarded to Matthias Landscaping.

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