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Soldier Piers

A contractor contacted Clark Engineers with a need to design a retaining wall for basement construction in a River Oaks subdivision. The foundation engineer declined to design a retaining wall. The issue with that was there was insufficient room on the property to slope the cut for safety during construction.

Existing Lot (Note close proximity to neighboring houses)

 Clark Engineers designed a wall using drilled soldier piers with a cut back at the top to reduce some of the lateral load. The piers were installed on three sides, and then the hole was excavated. We also provided a monitoring program to check for movement. Detailing permitted the casting of a top perimeter beam if large deflections occurred. The hole was open for about three months, then the piers were abandoned in place.

Excavated Hole
Bottom Slab poured
Basement walls poured (Note cut back at the top)