Soil Reinforcement for Temp. Housing & Landfill Expansion

LOCATION: Slave Lake, Alberta TIMEFRAME: May 2011- Oct. 2011  SCOPE OF WORK: Soil reinforcement for temporary family housing. Landfill expansion. PROJECT PARTNERS Manager: Ken Hedin Client: Apex Distribution Installer: Seguin Construction & Focus Corp.

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May 14th & 15th 2011, two wind driven wildfires caused one of the worst disasters in Alberta’s history. Fire ravaged Slave Lake and the surrounding towns and hamlets. The entire municipal area was evacuated after a level 4 state of emergency was announced. They were allowed back in on May 25th.

Over 300 homes were demolished, leaving over 700 people homeless. The total fire damage was estimated at over 700 million dollars. This disaster was followed in July by heavy rains, causing flooding in the fire ravaged ruins. Many buildings that were just being rebuilt had their foundations flooded and destroyed once again. When residents were allowed back in to the town numerous families were relocated into long-term shelter in the form of mobile trailers.

The area’s landfill, located in Widewater (hamlet located 20km west of Slave Lake), was inundated with fire damaged appliances and other fire related waste. The landfill had originally been forecasted to last at least another 3 years, but could not be delayed because of space limits.

The soil in the region had many challenges to deal with, such as it being so high in moisture naturally, (bog like) the addition of heavy rains in the area, as well as the area being very barren due to the recent fires and wind.


Due to the muskeg soil in the region, the ground needed to be stabilized for both the temporary/long term housing arrangements (trailer pads), as well as the landfill expansion. “For soil stabilization for the trailer pads, driveways and roads, Seguin Construction initially installed 75654 square feet of LP200”, said Dave Redgate of Seguin construction regarding the temporary housing development. After the heavy rains of July 2011 that caused the flooding in the region, the ground was even more difficult to work with as it was over saturated. An engineering decision was made to switch to LP315. The total amount of LP315 that was installed was 1.26million square feet.

The extension to 3 cells from 2 started in September and took a month to complete. Each cell is 5.5 acres.


The Town of Slave Lake has managed to successfully come back from these unfortunate events. One year later they have really started to rebuild and start fresh. Their anniversary of the fire was marked as “One Year Stronger”. Some people are still living in temporary home status, but are on the way to getting homes built or waiting for developers to get to them. Many businesses, municipal buildings and roads are rebuilt.

Layfield’s name throughout the Slave Lake area is synonymous with ‘dependable & reliable’. We are looked at as a company that can be sure to give excellent product, as quickly as possible, at a fair price, during a very tumultuous time. Throughout the fallout of the fire, Layfield kept Apex Distribution in a very high priority status. They were given very fair pricing and our utmost attention. Layfield product can be seen frequently around Slave Lake, we have had several people (and businesses) call regarding our products that people “have seen around town”.