Barriere contractor builds landscape feature at new RIH building

Gabion Wall Systems build wall feature at new Royal Inland Hospital Clinical Services Building in Kamloops

Gabion Wall Systems, with Barriere crew members Jason Harper, Alan Sabyan, Jazz Sterling, and Jake Summers, recently completed construction of an architectural gabion wall feature at the new Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) Clinical Services Building in Kamloops.

Gabion Wall Systems Ltd. crew stand on part on the new gabion wall they constructed at Royal Inland Hospital Clinical Services Building in Kamloops.  Pictured (l-r) Jason Harper, Allan Sabyan and Jazz Sterling.  Not pictured is Jake Summers who did the deliveries to site.

A spokesperson for Gabion says the project is comprised of several architectural gabion walls, along with a total of nine sitting benches, incorporated  into the walls.

What Is a gabion? Gabions are free-draining walls that are constructed by filling large galvanized steel baskets with rock. Gabion walls are in many applications the most cost effective structural wall available.

Flexibilty is an important benefit of any gabion structure. Since the baskets are constructed of galvanized mesh wire and filled with rock, the flexibility of a gabion structure allows it to withstand pressure without deforming, cracking or breaking as in the case of concrete and other materials. There are very few limits when it comes to the construction of a gabion wall. Walls can be constructed following grade along a road, tapered on top to follow changing elevation or terraced creating stunning flower gardens that can flow over the wall.

The architectural gabion baskets used at RIH are the galvanized welded wire type.

The Rundle Ledgestone required for this project was shipped in from Canmore, Alberta.

Gabion Wall Systems completed this work for general contractor  Bird Construction. Landscape experts Lyons Landscaping of Kamloops added the finishing touches to this unique public area.

Gabion Wall Systems regularly constructs architectural gabions in Alberta, but this is the first local architectural project with sitting benches  incorporated that they have constructed.

Gabion Wall Systems Ltd. is located in Barriere.  They have many years of experience in the construction and installation of gabion retaining walls, gabion mattresses and gabion cladding.

Founded in 2004, Gabion Wall Systems Ltd. began working exclusively in Kamloops, B.C., to meet the needs of the growing housing market.

Since that time, they have expanded from the housing market to more specialized markets from B.C. to the oilsands in Alberta.

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