Earth Retention



Private Residence – Soldier Beam and Lagging Wall


North Shore of Illinois


  • Homeowner
  • Michels Foundation

Services Provided

  • Topographic Survey
  • Ravine and Retaining Wall Inspection  
  • Civil Engineering – Construction Documents
    • Site Grading
    • Site Utilities
    • Soldier Beam and Lagging Retaining Wall
  • Permitting
    • Municipality
  • Bidding & Negotiating
  • Construction Engineering / Administration
  • Construction Layout

Project Overview

Bleck Engineering was hired to design a retaining wall to replace a timber retaining wall that was failing. The property overlooks Lake Michigan with a 65 foot high bluff. The home is situated 40 feet from an existing timber retaining wall that was failing. The new wall is 140’ in length, with an exposed face 13’ high. The wall was designed as a soldier pile retaining wall with drilled in steel H-piles and white oak timber lagging.