Project Name: Harbor Plaza
Manufacturer: MDC Contracting
Installer: MDC Contracting
Project Location: Harbor Springs, MI
Year Built: 2015
In the Spring of 2015, Harbor Plaza in Harbor Springs, Michigan, was ready for an updated sign to bring fresh new business for the upcoming summer. As with many businesses, signs are often times the first thing seen by potential customers and with Harbor Plaza being located right off of M-119, the new sign would be seen by many. With so much time and effort being spent designing and manufacturing the perfect sign, the developer on the project wanted to go with a more attractive option for the new sign’s foundations.
Traditionally, cast-in-place methods have been utilized as the means to produce concrete foundations for signs. With concrete being poured on site into cardboard tubing, many challenges often arise. From risking expensive short loads of concrete for smaller jobs to uneven bolt placement and an inconsistent product. The uncertainty of the cast-in-place system has been causing contractors headaches for years and could threaten the quality of the finished product on site.
With its custom Ledgestone textured bases, Pole Base® was selected to provide the foundations that would coordinate well with the site and the new sign that local sign manufacturer, Signplicity, was designing.
"One of the goals of this project was to have a nice, streamlined system for the sign's foundations that tied in with the architectural aspects of the building,” explained Simon Wolf from Signplicity.
Pole Base, an architecturally designed precast concrete foundation system, quickly began to produce the required four 8 foot 4 inch by 24 inch Ledgestone textured bases. By being manufactured with the exact bolt configuration and conduit template in a controlled setting, the bases were delivered install-ready.
"In the past we have had issues with using poured in place bases, but by using a precast system on this project, the bolts were true and square which lead to an easy installation and a great looking finished product,” said Wolf.
In addition to the accuracy of the bolt placement, having the conduit prefabricated into the bases made installation of the exterior lighting a breeze for Emil Buchbinder from Select Electric.
"It was pretty easy to run the wires through the precast bases. When I try and pour my own, it is a little tricky gathering all of your materials and making sure everything is just right. Even then you still risk the chance of a blow out if the [cardboard tube] is exposed to a high water level,” explained Buchbinder.
Buchbinder wasn’t the only person on site that had positive things to say about their experience using Pole Base; the installers in charge of excavating and setting the bases were impressed as well.
"The biggest advantages we saw on this project using precast bases were that you didn't have to schedule any concrete trucks, and the bases installed much faster than if we had tried to pour our own,” commented Warren Reynolds of MDC Contracting.
The response from those on site was overwhelmingly positive. "The finished sign looks great. I drive by it all the time and I really like the Ledgestone textured bases. They look much better than the plain concrete blocks traditionally used,” said Buchbinder.
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