Project Name: Bay City Riverwalk
Manufacturer: Brutsche Concrete Products
Installer: Helm Electric
Project Location: Bay City, MI
Year Built: 2014
Prior to the summer of 2014, Bay City decided that it was time to update their riverwalk along the Saginaw River to welcome the new season. The proposed project included the construction of a new floating dock system, over 34,000 feet of sidewalk, a Redi-Rock retaining wall, and 47 new site lights.Rich Helm, President of Helm Electric, and his team were tasked with the installation of the 47 new decorative light poles. The new light poles required square light pole bases to be installed at grade lining the new sidewalk and were within the scope of work of another contractor. However, soon after breaking ground the contractor responsible for pouring the foundations for the light poles was struggling to perform on the timeline for the project. It was at that point that Helm Electric decided to step up and take on the bases themselves in order to meet the project deadline.
Helm and his team realized that trying to form and pour the required square bases on site would prove to be difficult. They needed an easy-to-work with solution that would save them both time and effort on site, while also maintaining the deadline of the project.
Pole Base®, a division of Redi-Rock International, was selected by Helm to provide the bases for the project. With its architecturally designed precast concrete foundation system, Pole Base was able to produce the square bases with the exact rebar and conduit configuration required by the project.
The 47 new 45 inch tall by 24 inch wide bases were delivered on site pre-cured, and ready for installation, eliminating the need for Helm and his team to wait for the poured concrete to cure and mount the light pole. In addition to arriving on site install-ready, they were also an easy to work with solution.
"The precast bases installed quickly and efficiently. It was much easier than trying to form the bases on site in an uncontrolled setting, which saved my team some extra time,” explained Helm.
By selecting Pole Base on their project, Helm was able to provide an easier alternative to the traditional cast-in-place method, which saved both time and potential headaches."The biggest benefit of using precast bases on this project was definitely the time savings, we didn't have to worry about gathering the right materials, spend time putting the form together or wait on a concrete truck. Working with precast was much easier on my schedule," said Helm.
After installing both the Pole Bases and the light poles, Helm and his team were able to keep the project on track and meet their deadline. After the project was completed, Helm began work on several other site lighting projects in the area utilizing Pole Base’s precast system, including a local streetscape and an expansion project in Bay City.What solutions can Pole Base provide for your next project? Visit www.polebase.com today to learn more!
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