Masonry screen walls, monuments, and entry features can help a development feel inviting and private. Developers often use these types of features to entice potential homebuyers and to satisfy city requirements. These types of hardscape features can look beautiful when finished. However, if not properly designed they can begin to move, tilt and crack due to the shrink/swell of soils supporting the structures. Many of the engineering principles used in retaining walls are utilized in the proper construction of screen walls as well. There are many screen wall contractors who do not utilize the services of a structural engineer. This can leave the developer with potential problems in the future. Using professional structural engineers to design and inspect hardscape work protects developers and provides long-lasting hardscape features.
Masonry Screen Wall and Entrance Monument Design Services from Falkofske
Falkofske Engineering, Inc. has been involved in hardscape design for over 25 years. During this time, we have designed hundreds of miles of screen walls and entrance monuments/towers as tall as 30’-0”. We understand the industry and how to achieve the most economical designs without compromising the structural integrity of the features. We also understand the high paced rate at which these projects move from conception to construction, and can work within these short timelines.