Case Study: Ritz Carlton

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Project: The Residences at the Ritz Carlton
Location: Paradise Valley, AZ, United States
Project Type: Channel Stabilization
Application: Flood Control
Product Used: PYRAMAT®

Photo showing the large drainage channel.

Problem

The Ritz-Carlton selected the town of Paradise Valley to make its entrance into Arizona. Set on 20 acres overlooking Camelback Mountain, the development offers a luxury experience inspired by its surroundings. During construction a flood control channel needed to be relocated from the west side of the campus to the perimeter of the development. The design team was charged with engineering a robust drainage channel that would provide erosion protection and complement the natural habitat. Because aesthetics were critical to the project’s design, hard armoring techniques like rip-rap and concrete were not acceptable.

Solution

PYRAMAT® 75 combined with sod, concrete curbing/walls and gabion drop structures were selected to armor the drainage channel. PYRAMAT 75 is a high performance turf reinforcement mat (HPTRM) that reinforces vegetation, easily connects to hardscape areas, and gabion drop structures.

PYRAMAT 75 being installed.

Solution

PYRAMAT® 75 combined with sod, concrete curbing/walls and gabion drop structures were selected to armor the drainage channel. PYRAMAT 75 is a high performance turf reinforcement mat (HPTRM) that reinforces vegetation, easily connects to hardscape areas, and gabion drop structures.

PYRAMAT 75 installed along the drainage channel.

Performance

Because PYRAMAT requires less area for drainage roughness coefficients than rip-rap, the overall footprint of the drainage channel was reduced, allowing for more development. A walking path and landscaping were also incorporated around the drainage channel to provide residents a space to enjoy views of the surrounding mountains.


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