Elevated Walmart & Beckmann Volmer bu...

Elevated Walmart & Beckmann Volmer buildings

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Just Saying

United States

#1 Oct 11, 2011
Has anyone taken notice @ how how high the elevations have been set for those 2 buildings? Smart move. This area is sinking fast and farmers continue to suck water out of the ground at an alarming rate on virtually every track of land in the county. 30 years ago you never saw this practice. I wonder if anyone has even remotely considered the environmental impact it is having on this area?
guest

Caraway, AR

#2 Oct 11, 2011
Right now people are very aware their houses have shifted a lot. Lack of rain an rice farmers pulling so much water out of ground. Oh, an some of the tremors didn't help. Regular insurance don't help, must have earthquake coverage. So we're left with uneven floors an house leaning, bricks breaking. Go figure.
Just Saying

United States

#3 Oct 11, 2011
guest wrote:
Right now people are very aware their houses have shifted a lot. Lack of rain an rice farmers pulling so much water out of ground. Oh, an some of the tremors didn't help. Regular insurance don't help, must have earthquake coverage. So we're left with uneven floors an house leaning, bricks breaking. Go figure.
It is not just rice farmers. They are pulling it out for every crop now.
guest

Caraway, AR

#4 Oct 11, 2011
Your right. It is most farms now that irrigate. Saw that after I posted it.
Seminole WarPath Stadium

Little Rock, AR

#5 Oct 11, 2011
the higher elevation is for the threat of a flood if the levee was to break...walmart did not want a flooded out store like they had at pocahontas...the water tabel is lowering but the ground hasnt sunk in sttugart where they have irrigated for years

“truth is a three edged sword”

Since: Jan 11

Babylon 5, Epsilon Eridani

#6 Oct 12, 2011
Seminole WarPath Stadium wrote:
the higher elevation is for the threat of a flood if the levee was to break...walmart did not want a flooded out store like they had at pocahontas...the water tabel is lowering but the ground hasnt sunk in sttugart where they have irrigated for years
if that were the case, it would be a whole lot higher. If the levee would break, there would be around 15 feet of water in and around osceola. Maybe higher depending on the flood level of the mississippi. It is elevated because those field floods regularly.
Seminole WarPath Stadium

Little Rock, AR

#7 Oct 12, 2011
my truths wrote:
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if that were the case, it would be a whole lot higher. If the levee would break, there would be around 15 feet of water in and around osceola. Maybe higher depending on the flood level of the mississippi. It is elevated because those field floods regularly.

hey just passing on the words of the guys doing the constructing
crew

United States

#8 Oct 12, 2011
flooding issues forced us to build up
Companyman

Brookland, AR

#9 Oct 12, 2011
Walmart purchased a hole. Now they buy dirt to elevate the hole.
its gonna rain

Lake City, AR

#10 Oct 12, 2011
Companyman wrote:
Walmart purchased a hole. Now they buy dirt to elevate the hole.
It is common building practice on commercial structures to build up the area of the building. Grading to control water runoff is much easier in this way. This also makes it easy to comply with Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Federal EPA regulations concerning holding water runoff from the building & grounds.
Good One

United States

#11 Oct 12, 2011
Companyman wrote:
Walmart purchased a hole. Now they buy dirt to elevate the hole.
Elevate the hole!!! LOL
Rip

Cabot, AR

#12 Oct 12, 2011
Poppycock, These companies know this place is prone to repeated flooding every year and sinking now so they raised the elevation to compensate for the poor drainage in this area. The question becomes why where the developers of many areas of Osceola allowed to build houses without higher elevations in many areas of Osceola? The builder/developer knew it would cost them more money to raise the houses thereby making less money off the homes they built. Many will say, Oh we did not know Osceola was going to have problems with drainage and flooding at the time we built the houses. That is a lame excuse! Osceola is smack in the middle of a flood plain and has been designated so for many years.
its gonna rain

Lake City, AR

#13 Oct 13, 2011
Drainage, soil compaction, seismic stability all play a role in the amount of fill that is brought in on a project such as these. Drainage & flooding issues can be huge factors on commercial and industrial facilities. They are not the only issues however. When a facility is designed by engineers and architects consideration is given to a host of factors. Look at any sizable commercial or industrial facility constructed under the supervision of a design professional and you will find that building up the footprint of the building is one of the first steps of construction. Good examples would be the Beckman-Volmer facility and the school project at the intersection of W. Keiser & Grandview. The B-V site was built up to control drainage and to reach a designated soil compaction range. The school project had some site work done but the site prep did not appear to be as comprehensive as it could have been. Wasn't involved in that project though so I really don't have that information available.
Think back when the Denso & Systex sites were being constructed. Site prep went on for a considerable length of time before the actual construction of the buildings began. Same at the Dept. of Corrections facility at Osceola and the Sheriffs office at Luxora.
Keeping the buildings elevated above any water is a consideration for any project, from a residential structure to an industrial facility. This is not the only factor for building up the buildings footprint though, and it should not be considered unusual to see a project being built in this manner. It only makes sense to assure that the building you construct was well thought out and solidly constructed. Just another reason that the low bidder on a project is not always the right choice.
Rob Wannajob

Blytheville, AR

#14 Apr 7, 2012
So when is this place coming?
guest

Monette, AR

#15 Apr 8, 2012
Thats a good question. When are they going to open?
Wally

United States

#16 Apr 8, 2012
October
sweet truth

Dallas, TX

#17 Apr 8, 2012
The Good Lord tells us to build a foundation on rock, and not sand. Happy Easter everyone.

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