Underpinning
The Art of Underpinning
October 21, 2017
Retaining Wall Construction

Your rock-solid partner!

Oscar Orduno, Inc. (OOI) specializes in constructing, augmenting, or repairing retaining walls of any size and design.  We’re registered to operate in the great state of Texas because we thoroughly understand the geology here.  We are also completely familiar with the JHA (Job Hazard Analysis) regulations, so you know that your people and your property will be completely safe throughout the construction, enhancement, or revitalization process.

It takes Knowledge

When an old three-story bank is to be demolished to make way for a fifty story office tower, and is adjacent to other buildings, you cannot simply demolish the bank, clear the rubble, and then excavate a 5-story deep hole for your new parking garage.  All surrounding buildings rely on the neighboring buildings’ collective presence for geological stability.

The building next door isn’t likely to topple over, but you also don’t want pedestrian sidewalks collapsing into the excavation site.  All those tons of soil must be secured with a retaining structure so no property is threatened and the worksite is safe.

There are numerous techniques for accomplishing this, and they vary according to the extent of the work to be done.  This level of engineering considers support of adjacent structures, transverse soil-pressures, hydrostatic loading, and even deformation criteria.

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In other words, this is not something to be undertaken lightly.  These techniques encompass tools such as permanent or temporary pilings, underpinnings, French drains (weeping tiles), shotcrete reinforcement, as well as soil or rock nails and other slope stability systems.  Whatever your project requirements might be, our experience allows us to provide you with the safest, most cost-effective solution for your engineering challenges.

How we started

You may remember our work from major portions of the IH 635 Managed Lanes Project in Dallas.  It was a terrific chance to demonstrate our skills in time management, safety, and innovation.  We continued to work throughout Texas, as a pre-construction team, with a strong focus on earth-retention.  We are now often thought of as the shotcrete experts.

Soon afterwards we added Orduno Design Services, and we’ve been growing ever since, tackling even the most complex projects, to the complete satisfaction of our customers.  Our team constantly grows with new people, techniques, and modern equipment so we can retain our technical lead.

How we can help you

Oscar Orduno, Inc. Design Services can assist you with conceptualization and project planning, so that your budget matches your need without surprises.  We don’t stop there, however.  Cast-in-place concrete is much more expensive (and limited in design) when compared to the sophisticated latitude possible with free form shotcrete architectural features.  It is definitely worthy of investigation if you’re tired of razor sharp angles!

OOI is both a contractor, and a popular sub-contractor partner.  We work on commercial projects, infrastructure projects for the municipality or the state, and even residential projects.  Don’t be shy about consulting us about your needs.

We’re familiar with the local municipalities and their requirements for below-grade construction.  This means we can provide the calculations and preliminary plans long before you start construction.  This makes it much easier to obtain permits, prevent delays, and help you to avoid reengineering requirements because of designated property usage or available right-of-ways surrounding your worksite.

Maybe you are facing erosion-control issues, but don’t let that worry you because we offer a wide range of geotechnical techniques to preserve your property and its value.  River or shore erosion might be managed with riprap, or the familiar gabion (a cage, cylinder, or box filled with rocks), or even more creatively, with a customized shotcrete design.

Just having property on a hillside can be problematic.  However, if you just turn our experts loose on your problem, it can be solved in very short order.  Imagine how much more your property is worth when this sort of problem is solved!

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The Takeaway

Our expert team has the ability, experience, and the desire to handle your project.  You can rely on our expertise and insights to deliver collaborative solutions that work for you, while explaining it all in a way that is easy to understand.

We cover most of the state, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Lubbock, Amarillo, Tyler, and Waco.  You’ll see our bright orange equipment in almost all of those places, and many more besides!  We’d love to hear you say “Howdy”, so take a moment and get in touch.

4600 Fuller Drive, Suite 375,

Irving, TX 75038

972-717-3070

info@oscarordunoinc.com

Oscar Orduno, INC.

For that occasion when you dont want the earth to move!

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