Wisconsin Lakefront Bluff Stabilization
Problem: A family living on a beautiful lakefront property outside of Milwaukee had major concerns about the slope stability outside their home as well as having access to the beach at the water’s edge. From the view from the back porch windows, the home was right at the edge of the slope. The slope needed stabilization and Marek Landscaping, LLC was hired to design and implement the project.
Solution: A wall of GreenLoxx with GroSoxx were selected for the upper portion of the bluff. The wall would stabilize the area directly adjacent to the home, adding eight feet of yard to the upper terrace. To provide access to the beach, the team determined that a cantilevered deck would provide a dramatic and functional connection between a stone stairway and the trail leading to the beach. The living wall would be the foundation from which the deck and stairs would be anchored. It would provide the access to the beach and beautiful views of the coast. Marek’s landscape architect and in-house ecologist developed a plant and seed mix created specifically for the cultural needs and stabilization properties of the plants on the site. Careful on-site direction was provided to ensure efficient and exact implementation of the soil stabilization, planting, trail and overlook construction.
Success: The 90-foot long by 15-foot high GreenLoxx wall consisted of lightweight geo-foam block backfill material, soil anchors and 3” galvanized pipe tied to layers of geogrid wrapped around every two layers of the GroSoxx at the face of the wall. Weight and size of assemblies were critical in design criteria as there was only five feet of space between the neighboring houses. The stairs and landing that connect the overlook deck and bluff trail were custom fabricated using aluminum, wood and stainless steel assemblies that curve and flow with the shape of the GreenLoxx wall.
As the Marketing Manager for Filtrexx, Teele works heavily in the digital and social arenas of marketing, running the Filtrexx Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages. She also serves as writer and editor of press releases, project profiles and most recently, the Filtrexx blog. Teele attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and a Master of Science in corporate communication. Teele has worked in marketing roles for various companies around the Twin Cities before landing at Filtrexx in July, 2017.