Hyland Precast is now the primary supplier for Flex MSE Vegetated Geomodular Wall Systems on Vancouver Island. These engineered vegetated retaining walls provide a unique, long-lasting and visually appealing geosynthetic wall system. Geosynthetics are synthetic products used to stabilize terrain and solve civil engineering problems.
A vegetated geomodular wall system is a living retaining wall that can be used for slope stabilization, erosion control, sound barriers, creek restorations and other applications where reinforcement is required. Hyland has teamed up with BC owned Trexania – a market leader in geomodular construction that uses sustainable building materials – to provide filled unit supply (raw materials) for the MSE Flexsystem projects on Vancouver Island.
Traditionally, retaining structures have been manufactured from concrete or other modular systems. The innovation behind the vegetated wall is a interlocked “geo-bag” that is designed to get greener – with living plants – and stronger over time. The system is graffiti-proof, non-toxic, and flexible. The MSE Flexsystem is ideal for environmentally sensitive areas such as trails, delicate eco-systems, and fish habitat and watershed restorations.
Innovative Vegetated Wall System taking Vancouver Island to the next level of sustainability
Hyland Precast is utilizing by-products of the sand and gravel operation to fill the geo-bags. Flex MSE is BC manufactured, uses local recycled post-industrial materials and repurposed excavated materials and is also non toxic. With the current trend towards LEED and green construction, Flex MSE can qualify for several credits in 4 distinct categories.
On Vancouver Island there have been several installations of the vegetated living retaining walls with many more in the works. Hyland has worked closely with Flex MSE Island distributor Corix, who recommends the system where slope stabilization, erosion control, and site reclamation is required. Chris Huber of Hyland Precast reports, “The system is up to 40% less expensive then traditional installations, requires no heavy equipment for installation and has a life-span of 100 years. It is so flexible and is the perfect application for places like the Campbell River Waste Facility and The Dominion Park Ravine restoration project. The Comox Air Force Base, the John Hart Dam and the Comox Hospital are looking to utilize the MSE Flexsystem.
The Flex in Flex MSE Vegetated System
The vegetated wall system uses the same globally accepted principles of mechanically stabilized earth that builders rely on for making massive retaining walls. This unique system of soft building materials exhibits hard material qualities and gets stronger over time. In addition, shipping costs are less, no heavy equipment is needed for installation, there is usually minimal excavation and no forms, footings or rebar are required. With the recent announcement by the Federal Conservative government to support various projects on Vancouver Island through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP), Flex MSE is ideally positioned to be the system of choice in the 16 supported restoration and sabilization projects ear-marked for government funding.
For more information on Flex MSE Systems call Chris Huber at Hyland Precast.
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