When Hillwood Development Corp., a Perot Company, began searching for a retaining wall product, they truly needed a product that would perform and that was aesthetically appropriate for the unique setting of the Bar BC Ranch. Located at the north end of the West Gros Ventre Butte, bordered by the Gros Ventre and Snake Rivers, and in the shadow of the Grand Tetons, the team of architects and engineers representing Hillwood knew that they had a very unique and special site to be developed.
The team consisted of Rendezvous Engineering from Jackson, WY and JLF & Associates from Bozeman, MT. The retaining walls were to support a new road carved into the side of the West Gros Ventre Butte that would provide access to the exclusive home sites being established on the mountain. The wall would be visible from the valley floor and the customer and their architect were very concerned about the size, scale, and natural stone appearance of the chosen product.
Recon was contacted in late 2004 and immediately began to develop a team to support the Bar BC project. The flexibility of the Recon System permitted fast track development of several new retaining wall blocks (the addition of a 3/4 Block and a Plinth Block) to enhance the look of the wall. Recon also wrote an RFP that enabled the team to efficiently identify a qualified block producer, wall installer and wall stainer. The project was completed on time in the fall of 2005, before the snow arrived!
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