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It all starts with dirt, where it goes from there is up to you. 


At CLS, quality craftsmanship is evident in each aspect of our work. We thrive in extreme site conditions where other contractors fear to tread. CLS offers complete site work and concrete services for even the toughest sites. We look forward to a good challenge. Below are a few projects that show our dedication to this philosophy.


Timber Frame Pavilions

Pavillion9Support piers were excavated to a depth of 10 feet to get to structurally stable soil below. This was much cheaper than excavating soil and replacing with suitable material. Steel reinforcement was used on support piers, and throughout the slab itself. In addition, a drainage system was installed behind the pavilion to catch and divert subsurface drain water that had historically been a problem in this location. Structure was constructed totally from scratch, using rough sawn hemlock timbers. All electrical wiring, conduit, and boxes were hidden from view, as were all of the fasteners for the structure itself. Columns were laid using Tennessee Fieldstone in a dry stack look.



This bridge replaced a culvert system that was inadequate for the stream and had been repeatedly washed out or clogged up in heavy rain events. Steel reinforced concrete abutments were installed, and along with massive steel support beams created a bridge capable of holding up 80,000 pounds. 4”x10” pressure treated timbers were used for the flooring, and then the entire floor was covered with asphalt to facilitate snow removal. One of the major obstacles was that this was a headwater trout stream, meaning that no work could take place in the stream during spawning season, and also making it super critical that absolutely no concrete be allowed to contaminate the stream water itself. Also, time was another critical factor in the completion of this job- this was a major travel route for the residents and also for emergency vehicles so it was very important that the bridge be completed on schedule.


Retaining Walls

Concrete segmented retaining wall block were used to replace a rotting timber retaining wall that dated back 20 years and that had the parking area in danger of falling away down the steep slope below. The entire area was excavated to a depth approximately 15’ below existing grade to reach structurally suitable soil for the foundation of the wall to rest on. Soil was stockpiled on site, and reused to construct the wall.  All materials had to be carried up with a multi-terrain tracked loader due to the steep slope of the driveway. Adding to the complications of the site restrictions, an existing building was salvaged by using an all-terrain crane to lift it and place it above the work area, and then replaced in the same manner upon completion of the new wall. New asphalt and drainage was installed to insure that water was directed away from trouble areas and where it would do no damage.



Let’s get started!


If you are considering building on the edge, or anywhere in between, CLS can help ensure your next project is built on a solid foundation. We can also help you determine where to build and show you how to maximize site opportunities and address any potential challenges.


Contact us today to learn more about our site preparation and custom concrete services and capabilities.


CLS Inc.


77 Paradise Ridge

Marshall, NC 28753