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Retaining Wall System Cost Comparison

How do living and non-living retaining wall systems stack up?
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Mark Ostendorf

on 4 September 2014

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BEAUTY | STRENGTH | SUSTAINABILITY
Living Retaining Walls
The Living Wall Company, LLC | Saint Louis, Missouri | info@thelivingwallco.com | 314-394-8715
http://www.thelivingwallco.com
Cost Comparison for Retaining Wall Systems
– Material Package only @ N/A per square foot of face
– Complete and Installed @ $45-60 per square foot of face
– Material Package only @ $12-15 per square foot of face
– Complete and Installed @ $30-45 per square foot of face
– Material Package @ $10-15 per square foot of face
– Complete / Installed @ $30-45 per square foot of face
– Material Package @ $10-20 per square foot of face
– Complete / Installed @ $25-35 per square foot of face
– Material Package @ $5-10 per square foot of face
– Complete / Installed @ $15-25 per square foot of face

– Material Package @ $4-9 per square foot of face
– Complete / Installed @ $13-25 per square foot of face
– Material Package @ $10-20 per square foot of face
– Complete / Installed @ $30-40 per square foot of face
Value Proposition – availability, more durable than wood, design flexibility, walls built with smaller equipment, lower price than cast-in-place, variety of textures and colors
Standard Dry-Cast Block Walls
Value Proposition – walls and slopes, design flexibility, availability, easily shipped, possible green space, lower price where aesthetics are not a driver
Welded Wire Walls
EarthBloxx Living Walls
Value Proposition – living walls and slopes, performance of wet-cast concrete, design flexibility, solid bottom, built with smaller equipment, mechanical connection to efficient reinforcement, best grow-out in niche, sustainable, greenspace, LEED contribution, storm-water retention/detention, great aesthetics
Large Wet-Cast Block Walls
Value Proposition – availability, performance of wet-cast concrete, taller walls without additional reinforcement than most systems, lower price than cast-in-place, variety of textures and colors
Upgraded Dry-Cast Block Walls
Value Proposition – latest aesthetic treatments, similar look to natural stone at lower price point, similar engineering design to standard dry-cast block walls
MSE Panel Walls
Value Proposition – Vertical applications with room for reinforcement, dependable alternate to Cast-in-place, mechanical connection to reinforcement, performance of wet-cast concrete, design flexibility
Cast-in-Place Walls
Value Proposition – Vertical applications with no room for reinforcement, availability, design flexibility, design theory familiar to engineers, reliable performance and longevity
Cost effectively stabilize a slope and
reintroduce vertical green space
The Living Wall Company, LLC | Saint Louis, Missouri | info@thelivingwallco.com | 314-394-8715
Green retaining wall systems provide development space, slope stabilization, and growing space for plants.

Can support a variety of plants, including groundcovers, natives, and edibles.
Lower
Higher
– Material Package @ $10-20 per square foot of face
– Complete / Installed @ $25-35 per square foot of face
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