Construction Checklist

Retaining walls
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Review Construction Details & Procedures:

  1. Mark station points for top and bottom of the retaining wall elevation and change in wall direction.
  2. Identify changes in grid lengths, location of grids, and types of grid to be used.
  3. Determine and locate proper base size for each section of the retaining wall.
  4. Verify that the correct type and color of block has been ordered and delivered to the job.
  5. Verify that the foundation soil and retained soil conform to design requirements.
  6. Verify that infill soil meets design standards.
  7. Verify that compaction testing will be performed, who is responsible, at what intervals of locations along the retaining wall, and what coordination will be required.
  8. Determine what method will be used to verify construction materials, methods, and sequence of construction. (ie: written documentation of as built, full time inspector on site, photographic documentation.)
  9. Wall contractor is responsible for quality control of retaining wall installation per the approved plans. The owner or owner’s representative is responsible for engineering and quality assurance of the project.

Retaining Wall Construction & Inspection Checklist

To ensure that the basics of the retaining wall project are covered, use the following construction and inspection checklist. For a thorough procedure use this list as a guide to prepare your project specific checklist and to review the most common points. It may also be used during the bidding process or a pre-construction meeting to ensure that all special provisions are complied with. Always check the local building codes, document any changes to the plan in writing, and notify the retaining wall design engineer with any concerns on water management.

Review retaining wall design plans for:

A. Compliance of site to latest site plan


B. Review of reported soil conditions with on-site soils engineer


C. Review of above-grade water management with project civil engineer


Typical Reinforced Retaining Wall Cross Section

Typical Reinforced Retaining Wall Cross Section

D. Review of below grade water management with retaining wall design engineer and general contractor


E. Surcharges


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