Key Factors Affecting Construction Costs: From Elevation to Fill Material

“What is the cost of building a truck parking facility?” This is one of the most common questions we field at Rig Hut Truck Parking. To get a clearer idea, let’s explore a significant part of your budget: the cost of fill material.

The Need for Fill in Truck Parking Facilities

When planning a truck parking facility, layout and design take center stage. For design tips, our earlier blog Truck Parking Optimization with Rig Hut is a valuable resource. Before diving into design, you’ll need to prepare the land. That’s where the cost of fill material comes into play.

Units and Measurements: Breaking it Down

Fill material usually gets quoted per “load,” essentially a dump truck full. Elevation gets measured in feet, and you calculate the volume of earth needed in cubic yards (LxWxH).

Acre-Foot: The Standard Unit for Elevation

An acre-foot represents the volume required to raise one acre by one foot in elevation. This is about 1,613 cubic yards.

Load Calculations: How Much Fill Do You Need?

To elevate an acre by one foot, you’d typically need around 90 loads of fill. The math is simple: divide 1,613 cubic yards in an acre-foot by 18 cubic yards per load.

Note: Keep in mind that this calculation doesn’t include compaction, which might require additional fill material.

Costs per Load: What Should You Expect?

The cost varies by material type and the surface you intend to create. For more on surfaces, consult our Ultimate Guide to Truck Parking Surfaces. To get a precise estimate, it’s best to call a local contractor.

Bringing it All Together: Estimating Costs

To estimate the cost of fill material, you’ll need three crucial pieces of information: your site’s current elevation, any required scraping, and your municipality’s required elevation for truck parking.

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By this point, you should have a clearer understanding of what goes into the cost of building a truck parking facility, specifically the role of fill material. If you have more questions, feel free to contact us at Rig Hut Truck Parking.

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