Moncks Corner Retaining Wall Installation

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Business Description: Multi-faceted planning, engineering and consulting firm, specializing in structural engineering for wood design, masonry, steel & concrete, green design, and wind engineering, serving architects, engineers, contractors, builders, developers, and owners from many business sectors. Practice areas include residential, office, retail, commercial, and industrial markets. Currently licensed as a Professional Engineer in PA, MD, WV, VA, DC, NC, & SC. Member ASCE, SEI, AWC.
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Business Description: We are consultants offering structural engineering expertise to our clients. Architectural Engineering Specialists, LLC is owned and operated by Michael J. Baily. Mr. Baily is a licensed professional engineer in the state of South Carolina and has over 20 years of construction and engineering experience. He has worked both in the U.S. and overseas on heavy-civil/bridge, marine port facility, commercial building and residential construction projects. His broad and varied background helps him to provide his clients with the best solutions for their projects.
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Business Description: Soil Consultants, Inc. is a full-service geotechnical consulting firm. In addition to geotechnical engineering, we provide construction materials engineering and testing services, non-destructive testing services, special inspection services, contract geotechnical and environmental drilling, and environmental consulting services. Soil Consultants, Inc. has built a sterling reputation by providing quality services, providing timely responses, and adhering to budgets. Geotechnical engineering services include roadway section design, foundation design criteria, settlement analyses, liquefaction analyses and mitigation, retaining wall analyses, slope stability analyses, forensic analyses, and pile load testing and evaluation. Materials testing is performed for aggregate, concrete, hot-mix asphalt, hydraulic cement, masonry, metals, soil, and sprayed fire-resistive material. Testing is performed both in our accredited laboratory an in the field at your construction site. Our laboratory is AASHTO accredited and our personnel hold ACI, AWS, ICC, NCMA, NICET, NRMCA, PTI, SCDOT, and SCLLR certifications. Nondestructive testing services include radiography, ultrasonic, magnetic particle, penetrant, and visual inspections. We also perform welder qualifications, bolt tension verification, and ground penetrating radar. Soil Consultants, Inc. performs special inspections for concrete, fireproofing, foundations, masonry, soil, and structural steel bolting and welding. Soil Consultants, Inc. owns and operates its own drilling equipment. Our equipment is used to complete contract drilling assignments as well as field exploration programs associated with SCI geotechnical engineering projects. As an SCDOT DBE and SBE firm, contract drilling services provided by Soil Consultants, Inc. may contribute to project minority participation levels. Our current rig inventory includes three truck-mounted drilling rigs, two track-mounted drilling rigs, two adverse terrain vehicle-mounted drilling rigs, and two tripod rigs. Soil Consultants, Inc. provides limited environmental consulting services for our clients. These services include performing geologic assessments for site selection and Phase I environmental site assessments.

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FThe Renovators Inc
Shannon Davidson and his partner Chris Hicks came highly recommended, so we thought we had a good contractor. The role of the GC is to make sure the work is done according to what was agreed upon at the time of contract. Unfortunately, not too long into the job, we discovered that we had a texting contractor who would rarely appear at the site to supervise his subs, but who could be counted on to show when he needed money. The job was no small job. It included a very large bluestone patio, an outdoor kitchen, pergola, fountain, and a total kitchen rip out and renovation inside. Since this contractor turned out not to be hands- on, we constantly had subs showing up unsupervised. This became quite problematic with the patio. The grouting was amateurish at best. They even laid the patio over our sprinkler system even though it was clearly marked. These things made it necessary to rip up a great deal of the grout and redo it, and it required fixing the sprinkler system and addressing a drainage issue ? one that should have been addressed before construction as we agreed on. Most things had to be redone 2 or 3 times. If I weren?t supervising the best I could, more of the job outside would have had to be redone. The outdoor kitchen had to be redone a couple of times due to incorrect measurements. The granite top had to be redone because a template was never made. The plumbing and electrical work constantly required additional visits due to mistakes or misunderstandings because we had no one on site overseeing the job etc.  These conditions lengthened the job considerably. The contractor made good on these corrections, but the inconvenience was immense. For the pergola, I was introduced to the carpenters who were going to build it, but they failed to show and new ones were sent. A load of wood was delivered and two guys showed up by themselves. I asked them how many pergolas they had built, and one of them admitted that he had experience with only one ? his personal one. The other gentleman had no experience building one. They were sent with no plans as well. I was asked by my contractor via text to give them a photo of what I wanted. Later, I was asked to trace out the shape of the ends of the beams directly onto the wood. I felt I had to be there all the time because of this lack of supervision of the subs.  I ended up researching and buying brackets for the pergola so I could end up with a pergola that was close to the one I showed to my contractor originally.  In the end, the pergola came out okay, but the patio floor was a huge disappointment (see photos), and there were structural problems with the outdoor kitchen. Grout covers most of the stones in many places, and generally looks sloppy.  Inside our house, similar problems were occurring. The lack of attention to detail, lack of supervision of subs, subs acting unprofessionally (complaining, voicing concerns about getting paid, and throwing fits) and missing cabinet components, made this as stressful as the outside work. I had sub contractors at my home on weekends and at night. Since nothing was covered, as agreed upon, the dust created a huge mess, and keeping my furnishings clean was almost impossible.  I made my displeasure known to this contractor over and over again about the texting, the problems on site, and the problems with some subs, but he failed to make any meaningful changes. It was found out during the job, that this contractor had 13 jobs going and my husband and I felt that our job ? although totaling almost $75,000 worth of work was not that important to him, or he was just spread too thin. The worst of it was not having the permits pulled for this job that we stressed from the beginning and insisted on throughout the job, only to finally give up in the end due to the lack of coordination of the time frame. I believe the plumbing work and electrical was done properly with my own supervision, but it was not what we agreed on and it generated much stress on my part.  The patio is requiring us to make costly repairs, and issues with the outdoor kitchen still haven?t been resolved. I had to hire a structural engineer, a new contractor, and have lost a lot of time dealing with these problems. Chris Hicks and Shannon Davidson have broken appointments, and basically misrepresented what they would do to remedy the situation. Avoid these guys.....  
- Karen C....