Preserving a small stream became a big problem for developers of an exclusive subdivision near Raleigh, North Carolina. The construction of a wall was required to divert the stream and to prevent the erosion of the roadway embankment. Unfortunately, the site of the wall would be in plain view of proposed townhouses and single-family homes. In an effort to meet both practical and aesthetic requirements the developers used a galvanized metal bin-type retaining wall modified by the manufacturer to accept precast concrete panels embedded with decorative native stone. To create the 8-inch-thick reinforced concrete panels, stones no more than 2 inches thick were placed randomly in the bottom of wooden forms which were then filled with concrete.