Finding the balance between providing responsible security and creating an environment free from fear is an ongoing endeavor. At their best, security devices, like bollards, should be pronounced enough to provide reassurance to those being protected but, at the same time, they must not dominate the surrounding architecture. In October of 2011, U.S. Marshals decided to implement a precautionary measure to protect employees of the Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse and Custom House in Louisville, Kentucky and they developed a security plan that not only provided adequate security but also highlighted the Classical Revival Architecture.
The U.S. Marshals funded a project in which concrete-filled steel pipe bollards embedded in concrete were installed around the building’s perimeter. Steel pipe bollards can be used to provide the utmost in anti-theft and anti-terrorist protection. When installed in the correct manner, they provide an exceptionally high level of impact-resistance and can be used to prevent illegal activity through the use of vehicles. The Marshals did however recognize that there is one slight problem with these unadorned steel pipes and that is they can often make the buildings they defend look like fortified bunkers.
“Using the wrong style of bollard can really detract from the surrounding architecture,” said Brad Done, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Reliance Foundry. "Sometimes builders opt to use smaller, less expensive cast iron bollards to provide security - or they weld decorative caps onto steel pipe, Reliance Foundry’s ductile-iron security bollard cover is the ideal solution for blending effective perimeter security with classical architecture.”
A decision was made to employ this solution at the courthouse and Reliance Foundry’s model R-7593 ductile iron bollard cover was selected for use. It is a two-piece system that can be easily installed over concrete steel pipes to act as a decorative highlight. It features a classic style and is often used to compliment historic architecture. The model R-7593 bollard cover is composed of highly durable ductile iron and finished with a powder-coating that increases the aesthetic value of bollard and prolongs its service life. A total of 264 bollard covers were ordered and the installation was performed by the Kentucky-based Century Construction Inc. During the installation of the steel pipe bollards, a threaded rod was set in the concrete interior. After it cured, the shaft of the bollard cover was secured over the steel pipe bollard and threaded rod with a washer and a nut.
“We work constantly with architects and designers who need to maintain the design integrity of a building, while providing security to the people and the building contents,” said Reliance Foundry’s Sales Manager, Rick Pasternak. “In projects where buildings have a highly public historical significance, like the Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse Building, this was especially important.”
Since 1995, security bollards have been installed at many federal facilities to meet blast-resistant standards. Although many may see the added security measures taken as unnecessary - those responsible for safety and security would rather err on the side of protection. Security bollards are used by federal buildings, retailers, convention centers, schools and residential buildings - everywhere to prevent unlawful access, damage and the potential injury that can be caused by vehicles. They are relatively simple to install and with all of the decorative bollard cover options available, they can even be used to add to the historic ambience of sites like the Gene Snyder United States Courthouse. Visit Reliance Foundry’s catalogue of metal bollard covers to view the many styles that are available.
For additional information contact: