In the spring of 2013, the Engineering Department of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire planned the installation of a new row of multifunctional bollards outside its main entranceway. The impact-resistance of concrete-filled steel pipes was required to protect a large section of sidewalk that pedestrians used to enter the building. The area in front of the medical center’s front doors however would require bollards that could be temporarily dislodged to create a larger point of entry. Maintaining a consistent look can prove difficult when it comes to using bollards that serve different functions but the Engineering Department at the center was able to find a solution in Reliance Foundry’s stainless steel removable bollards and post covers.
“We offer a lot of different bollards that can be used in conjunction with one another to create a uniform-looking line,” says Reliance Foundry’s Sales Manager, Rick Pasternak. “If you think maintaining consistency will be a challenge on your site, call us and we’ll try to find a way to make it work like the stainless steel removable bollards and post covers at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.”
To create the unchanging protective line outside the center, the engineering department selected Reliance Foundry’s model R-8412 removable bollards and model R-7301 stainless steel post covers. Two removable bollards were ordered and installed directly in front of the center’s main doors. The model R-8412 removable bollard is held in place by a receiver which sits in the concrete substrate. The receiver features a key box to lock the bollard in place and a lid to cover the receiver’s hole when the bollard is removed. To perform the installation, two holes were bored into the sidewalk and the receivers were set in place with concrete. The post covers were installed over eight pre-existing, concrete-filled, steel pipe bollards. Stainless steel post covers by Reliance Foundry can be easily installed over steel pipe bollards with either set screws or spay foam insulation. Upon request, Reliance Foundry can also fasten a small hanger to the interior of the cover which allows it to be secured with an adhesive anchor. The model R-7301 post cover is 36” high and is designed to be installed over steel pipes with maximum height of 32”. At the Dartmouth-Hitchcock medical Center, the post covers were secured to the 4 1/2” wide security pipes with set screws. Reliance Foundry offers three striping options for its entire line of stainless steel bollards and post covers and to accent the bollards and post covers at the medical center, each was finished with the yellow striping option. The reflective striping helped to increase the consistency of the architectural highlights and immediately after completing the installation, staff at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Center began to receive compliments.
“We have had positive comments on the appearance of the bollards,” said Paul Goundrey, Supervisor of Grounds and Vehicles at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. “It was a pleasure working with Reliance and to choose their products.”
Reliance Foundry’s stainless steel bollards and post covers are highly resilient and easy-to-maintain traffic guidance devices. Their functional style works well in contemporary architectural design and, when requested they can also be finished in one of six different powder-coated colors. Most of Reliance Foundry’s bollards and post covers are available in 304 stainless steel models for typical North American climates and 316 stainless steel for coastal areas and other areas prone to higher levels of moisture and the use of de-icing salts. Stainless steel bollards and post covers by Reliance Foundry are sleek, modern and add clear definition to streetscapes. To view the entire catalogue, visit the stainless steel material selection on Reliance Foundry’s bollard and post cover website.
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