Project Name: Parkway Meadows and Walled Lake Villas Apartment Renovations
Installer: United Electric
Project Location: Ann Arbor and Walled Lake, MI
Year Built: 2015
In 2015, Standard Electric was charged with working with 117 new site lights across two living center projects in Southeast Michigan, Parkway Meadows and Walled Lake Villa Apartments. With residents’ vehicles constantly going in and out of these projects, installing the foundations for this many new site lights quickly, while also keeping the streets open, would be difficult.
With the tedious traditional cast-in-place systems, a large amount of space would be required due to the cement trucks that would need to be on site to pour each base. Additionally, there would be multiple site visits required to allow the concrete to cure and strip the cardboard forming system. At that point, the concrete would still not be at full comprehensive strength to mount the pole, meaning a third visit.
The solution for this problem began to take shape when Ian Fuentes, of Standard Electric, reached into his network for input on the light pole bases for the project. "We chose Pole Base® on this project because of the positive word of mouth we received regarding their products. We've heard contractors say that they are very impressed by the product and its ease of use,” stated Fuentes. After discussing how a precast product could help with their scenario on site, it was decided to have Pole Base supply the bases for this project.
Pole Base, an architecturally designed precast concrete foundation system, quickly began manufacturing the 5 foot by 24 inch diameter round smooth textured bases needed. With the ability to install in limited spaces and custom made to meet the needs of the project, Pole Base was the ideal solution for this tough site lighting project.
Once the Pole Bases were delivered at each site in November of 2015, they were well received by the team ready to install them. “I was a fan of using precast light pole bases on these projects. They were priced competitively and installed quickly, which saved my team a lot of extra work considering how many bases were installed,” said Matt Bowlin of United Electric.
That time savings was also critical considering how unpredictable Michigan Novembers can be. With snow always a high possibility at that time of the year, Bowlin knew the value of the decreased installation time. “The biggest benefit we saw while using Pole Base on these projects was the time it took to install these bases. They installed much quicker than cast-in-place and allowed us to install all the bases before winter hit, which was a big plus for us.”
Both Fuentes and Bowlin had positive things to say of the finished product. As Fuentes explained, "We haven't heard any complaints concerning the two projects from United Electric which is always a good sign! I'm sure it was a much easier process than trying to deal with cheap cardboard forms on site."
“Overall we were very impressed with Pole Base, the product looked great and we will use them again in the future,” said Bowlin.
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