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Several stainless steel R-8460 bollards guard a mall plaza containing a train station with artistic mural.

Several to One: Removable Bollards Systems

Removable bollards are a style of bollard used to permit or deny access to variable-use spaces. When the bollards are present, they prevent cars and trucks from accessing a space. Site managers remove them at certain times or for specific people to grant vehicle access. When these bollards are removed,

Trees are planted in a strip of permeable cobblestone along a walk/bike lane

11 Benefits of Street Trees in Urban Spaces

Urban planners are often passionate advocates for street trees. Though cities have strapped budgets, an urban forest offers an excellent return on investment. Yes, trees drop leaves and fruit, produce pollen, and have roots that can become invasive or heave sidewalks. Yet trees make such a big difference to quality

People walk through a pedestrian square decorated with black bollards, bike racks, and lamp standards; outdoor lights glow over top

Bollard Installation: How to Install into Pavers

A few simple steps help put bollards on landscape pavers. Check out our how-tos for: Crash-rated bollards Security bollards Retractable bollards Removable bollards Bolt-down bollards It’s common for decorative bollards to be installed with stone or concrete pavers for a fully finished site look. The fine finish of cast iron

A red-brown trench grate is installed in a municipal sidewalk

Indoor vs. Outdoor Channel Drain

“Trench drain” refers to any narrow, long carved channel used to move water. The trough may be formed out of concrete by hand, be made out of concrete using a pre-formed mold, or be made of another material like plastic, PVC, or metal. Trench drains often have a grating on

A circular grinder machines a high-precision steel part

What is Machining?

Making objects out of metal involves many manufacturing processes. One of these is machining, a necessary requirement of mass manufacture in the modern age. Machine tools cut, bore, grind, or otherwise shape metal by removing some of it with a cutting or grinding surface. Usually, a machine tool has two

A black bollard cap shines in front of a leafy bush

Anti-Vandal Rust Prevention with IronArmor

Since our founding in 1925, Reliance Foundry has made high-quality products to stand the test of time. Steel and iron are our traditional structural materials: these metals are known for their strength and longevity. In Vancouver, where our foundry was originally located, cast iron lamp standards from our first few

Car ramming into crash-rated bollard

Decorative bollard covers beautify crash-rated bollards

Crash-rated bollards for a safer community Congested urban centers and pedestrian areas often require protection from possible vehicle intrusion. Modern city planning highlights walkability for healthier, happier communities, and put issues of safety and protection at the forefront. A standard bollard set over a security pipe serves as a visual

An empty New York street during the Coronavirus crisis.

Bike Usage during Social Distancing

As North Americans stay home in order to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infection, normally bustling blacktop is suddenly quiet. In many busy urban centers, March 2020 is the first time in decades that the sound of birds is louder than the sound of traffic. Cars still move people to

Water soaks into a decorative cast iron grate red and brown with developing patina

A Guide to Trench Grates Material

Drainage is a ubiquitous part of construction. It’s so common that it often goes unnoticed unless something goes wrong and water backs up around it. Water management is important to all types of building and landscaping from culverts near fields to the slopes of city streets. Trench drains are found

Seabirds sit upon a fence with signs in Spanish and English in the ocean outside San Diego

Bollard fencing?

A “bollard fence” or a “bollard wall”? The new barrier going up along the border between the US and Mexico is often referred to either as a bollard wall or a bollard fence. Fences, walls, and bollards are all important parts of perimeter security, but they are usually separate items