Project Name: Upson Plaza
Manufacturer: MDC Contracting
Installer: Parrish Excavating
Project Location: Coldwater, MI
Year Built: 2014
When it came time to rejuvenate the first of several public parking lots throughout the city of Coldwater, Michigan, a key challenge arose. They needed to create a unique, yet uniform look across multiple locations to set the city apart. Designers knew it would be difficult to achieve this goal with traditional cast-in-place light pole bases, which often have unsightly rings and excessive bug holes due to the cardboard forming system.
To address this problem, the city’s engineering team turned to Pole Base®. With its diverse product line and multiple texture and color options, the city found its solution. As former municipal engineer Brian Vanzee explained, "One of the goals of this project was to have a differentiated look to set Coldwater apart. We were able to achieve that with the Ledgestone texture with a charcoal grey color option that tied the site together that is completely unique to Coldwater."
Pole Base is an architecturally designed precast concrete foundation system for multiple applications including outdoor site lighting. With industry leading engineering resources and many textures and color options available, Pole Base was the perfect choice for Vanzee and his team.
By using Pole Base on their project, not only was Coldwater able to achieve a unique look with their site lighting application, there were also budgetary savings by choosing a precast system over the competition.
"After analyzing the cost of a traditional cast in place method, we found that Pole Base was a better looking product and was also a cheaper option when considering material and labor cost,” Vanzee said.
Each precast Pole Base is manufactured, pre-cured, and install-ready by the time it is delivered on site. This was especially important to Mark Diamond of Parrish Excavating and his team who were on site ready to install the bases.
"After digging the holes, we were able to set and backfill each base in about 10-15 minutes,” explained Diamond. “It was a much easier and a less time consuming process than cast in place; it was more efficient and worked better with my busy schedule to just have the bases delivered on site."
Using precast bases also allowed Diamond to set the light poles the same day the bases were installed, saving significant time. Many standard options require returning to the site to install poles after the bases have cured.
By specifying Ledgestone textured pole bases with a charcoal grey color option, Coldwater was able to meet their goal and achieve a differentiated, unique look that would set the city apart, while also allowing for an easier install that saved Diamond and his team valuable man hours.
This look that Coldwater was able to achieve effectively tied the site, as well as the city together and will continue to do so for years to come.
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