Project Name: 4Front Credit Union
Manufacturer: MDC Contracting
Project Location: Charlevoix, MI
Year Built: 2015
In the winter of 2015, Image 360 was preparing for the installation of the new signs they had manufactured for eight credit union locations in Northern Michigan. 4Front Credit Union, the result of a merger between Members Credit Union and Bay Winds Federal Credit Union, was looking to finish rebranding itself before the spring.
"The unique thing about the [project] was that the signs needed to be installed in the dead of a colder-than-normal Northern Michigan winter, at a time when it would be nearly impossible to get concrete delivered to the project site in small quantities, let alone be able to cast and cure the concrete properly, and expect it perform well long term,” explained Bryan Lindfors, a board member at 4Front.
In addition to the risk of weaker concrete, it would have been difficult for the crew on site to put together the materials and form the concrete when the temperatures were near -20 degrees fahrenheit.
Pole Base®, a precast concrete foundational product, was the perfect solution to the issues that were present on site. With precast foundations, the bases could be poured in a controlled setting with the proper dimensions and bolt configuration to mount the sign, and could be cured indoors to reach optimum strength.
As a result of being delivered to site pre-cured, the bases could be installed faster and more easily and would meet the concrete mix strength requirements needed to support the wind load on the sign.
“Precast foundations were a great solution for this project; they were easy to work with and installed quickly, even in the colder weather,” said Andrew Kohlmann, from Image360, who had worked with cast-in-place foundations in the past.
The precast foundations on the project allowed the team on site to work more efficiently. By being delivered individually palletized and and install-ready, the process became as simple as a drag and drop. They even had the option to set the foundation and mount the sign on the same day as there was no need to wait for the concrete to cure to maximum strength.
By the Spring of 2015, all of the foundations and their signs had been installed and 4Front was open to business in Northern Michigan. “Unfortunately, nobody gets to see the Pole Base sign foundation on this job, just the snazzy sign, and the precast concrete made the whole installation much easier,” said Lindfors.
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