How Tensar® helps owners and developers overcome site development challenges
Site development work in Colón, Panama, using Tensar® Geogrids.
Finding the right property for a business can be daunting. So many factors play into selecting a site, considerations such as state and local incentives, workforce quality, cost of labor, transportation and logistics, and the condition of the specific property. A potential site may seem ideal but perhaps there are severe grade changes, soil conditions of the property are poor or the soil seems too soft to support the needs of your future facility.
With such site challenges, a developer may try over-excavating and importing fill, which is expensive, or choose another more costly site on which to build the development. Tensar® International Corporation (Tensar®) specializes in solutions for common site development challenges such as poor soil conditions affecting roadways, parking lots, and building structures and grade changes requiring retaining walls or steepened slopes. With more than 30 years of experience, Tensar® has evaluated thousands of sites and provided engineering services and solutions for projects worldwide.
The following are some of the most common challenges faced by developers of large sites, challenges for which Tensar® is uniquely qualified to provide solutions:
Haul roads capable of supporting frequent traffic and heavy loads
Construction equipment is heavy, and often times must be brought in via access roads not built to withstand such constant truck traffic with heavy loads.
Stable working surfaces
It is essential that staging areas, crane pads, laydown yards and other working surfaces are stable and capable of sustaining heavy loads and preventing differential settlement. Fluctuating water tables and soil conditions can also cause issues with surface stabilization.
Grade changes and maximizing land use
For grade separation projects, it is essential that fill materials are adequately reinforced. Other important factors to take into consideration when designing solutions for grade changes include long-term durability, structural integrity, differential settlement, and seismic loads. In addition, structures such as retention ponds may require retaining walls, often with specific aesthetic and design requirements.
Erosion and sediment control
Soil loss and sediment runoff can significantly impact a site. Protecting topsoil, particularly on sloping areas, capturing and filtering storm water from manufacturing facilities, while complying with EPA rules and regulations are crucial for facility sites.
All sites and their requirements are different, and building affordable and sustainable infrastructure requires innovative new construction methods and materials. Using the latest technology and research, Tensar® provides cost-effective solutions for conventional site development challenges in commercial, industrial, and residential construction. Unique in their quality, consistency, and durability, Tensar®® Geogrids are composed of materials resistant to physical deterioration and loss of strength caused by aggressive chemical environments. Tensar® supplements these products with a technical team of engineers and sales managers ready to support the most challenging project hurdles, while the company’s worldwide distribution network ensures products are shipped efficiently and on time.
Tensar®’s site expertise focuses on the following areas: pavement optimization, subgrade stabilization, retaining walls, steepened slopes, foundation improvements, pavement maintenance and preservation, erosion and sediment control, and other site and environmental improvements. The Tensar® team works alongside clients during every aspect of a project and the Tensar® expert group of designers, engineers, and project managers support projects from beginning to end. Tensar® teams are locally based and know the location-sensitive factors that play a role in each project. Large site development projects are not just construction projects, they are economic engines that help make regional economies flourish. The goal of Tensar® is to help clients expand and grow and to ensure their site development projects run as efficiently as possible.
For more information on how Tensar® can help you with your next project, please visit us at Tensar®.com, call 800-Tensar®-1, or email info@Tensar®.com