Engineer: Hooker DeJong
Year Built: 2014
Manufacturer: MDC Contracting
Installer: Strain Electric
Location: Muskegon, MI
More than 80 years after its dedication, the Muskegon Veteran’s Memorial Park was finally ready for a much needed makeover. As Lupe Alviar, a veteran, and a member of the Lions Club explained, “At one time, this park was declared Michigan’s Most Beautiful Mile. . . and our goal, upon completion of this construction . . . is to get the governor back down here and re-declare this Michigan’s Most Beautiful Mile!”
In order to do just that, the plans included cleaning up the memorials, adding new cannons, and relighting the park–specifically 84 classical street lamps. These new light poles would need new bases however, and installing them would be a challenge with the site’s inherently wet soil conditions.
The perfect solution for installing site lighting in adverse site conditions is a precast concrete base. The engineers at Hooker DeJong understood that, and that is why they specified Pole Base® on this project. “I chose Pole Base for this project because of the conditions here at the park; we’ve got a very high water table, within a foot or two of the surface,” explained Larry Ward of Hooker DeJong. “You can’t put sonotube in this kind of soil condition. With water filling the hole, the sonotube is pretty much disintegrated by the time you get to it and with 84 poles, that’s an extra lot of work, “ Larry said.
Luckily, Pole Base was able to meet this challenge head on. Produced and cured in a controlled setting, every precast concrete Pole Base was manufactured to specification with exact bolt configurations and conduit templates, ready for immediate installation upon delivery.
Adding to the scenery of the park, the bases on site were produced with an added feature, as Vick Hill at Strain Electric described, “ These bases have five pipes, four are 1” for electrical, and they have a ½” coming up that would run up the pole for irrigation if they decide to put flower pots on the outside of the poles.” These irrigation lines would automatically water the flowers, keeping them healthy and vibrant along with the rest of the park.
Upon delivery of the Pole Bases, Strain Electric began excavating holes to accommodate for the high water table. Their team was able to install each base with ease, something that would have been extremely difficult to do had they attempted to install these bases on site with a cast-in-place system. Utilizing Pole Base’s flexible precast concrete system, everyone involved in this project was saved from, “an extra lot of work.”
After an easy installation, even in a tough site scenario, work moved forward smoothly with the Muskegon Veteran’s Memorial Renovation. With its new site lighting, clean memorials, and new cannons, Muskegon now has a beautiful park. One that is fitting of the brave men and women who serve our country. We are still waiting to hear if the governor has made a visit, but we believe that the Muskegon Veteran’s Memorial now has a real shot at once again being named Michigan’s Most Beautiful Mile.
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