Galvanize Your Way Across North America - Part Four, The Northeast
Part one of our road trip adventures began in western North America, with part two continuing on to the Midwest, and part three down south. We now finish our travels in the Northeastern part of North America, beginning in Ohio. The Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus was galvanized in 1992 and stands as a testament to the long lasting performance of a duplex system of paint over galvanized steel. While exploring the rest of state, be sure to admire the plethora of galvanized county bridges. Many Ohio counties including Stark, Knox, Muskingum, and Pickaway utilize hot-dip galvanized steel in their bridge designs, a trait many other states should incorporate. Kanawha County in West Virginia did on the Pocatalico Bridge by using galvanizing’s natural zinc finish to blend into the surrounding environment. The Goshen Bridge in Virginia followed suit with a hot-dip galvanized coating system.
Maryland has a variety of galvanized steel projects, most notably M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The stadium employs over 80,000 feet of duplex coated handrail to ensure they aren’t spending countless hours and dollars continuously repainting and repairing them every football season. Additionally, Towson University in Baltimore uses hot-dip galvanized handrails because of their longevity and maintenance-free aspects. Continuing to look at the use of galvanized steel in higher education facilities, we travel to Philadelphia University’s College of Design, Engineering & Commerce Center. A distinctive metallic shell on the exterior of the building uses hot-dip galvanized architecturally exposed structural steel to emphasize sustainability for the facility in an aesthetically pleasing manner. While in Philadelphia, be sure to visit the Zoo’s Big Cat Crossing to catch a glimpse of a tiger walking over you on a galvanized steel walkway.
Bergen County in New Jersey used hot-dip galvanized steel for the bridge connecting the cities of Fairlawn and Patterson. The Bergen County Parking Garage’s Solar Canopy also employs hot-dip galvanized steel on the supports for all of the solar panels. JFK Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country and has incorporated blast deflectors that are hot-dip galvanized for appearance, functionality, and corrosion protection to preserve their structural integrity for many years. New York City’s beautifully designed Pyramid Residential Building is an amazing new addition to the famous skyline and will adorn it for many generations to come. The New New York Bridge to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge is currently under construction, but enlists the help of thousands of tons of hot-dip galvanized steel rebar to protect the steel embedded in the concrete.
Steel projects in Boston have to deal with a fairly corrosive atmosphere due to the large city and its proximity to the salty ocean air. Many of these projects are hot-dip galvanized to protect against this corrosion. A few notable galvanized projects in Boston include the “Walkway to the Sea” canopy in Marketplace Center, and decorative steel pieces in Chinatown Park and Logan Park. All of these projects utilize a duplex coating of paint or powder coating over hot-dip galvanized steel to provide long lasting corrosion protection. The Rehabilitation of Longfellow Bridge is incorporating hot-dip galvanized steel into many of the steel support components to ensure maintenance free longevity to the project.
The rest of the states within New England hold an interesting array of galvanized projects. Hot-dip galvanized steel provides superior corrosion protection to all sorts of steel structures, from something as simple as trash receptacles in Providence, Rhode Island, to the Optiwind Inc. Wind Turbine at Klug Hill Farm in Torrington, Connecticut. The Manchester Airport Parking Garage in New Hampshire uses 3,200 tons of galvanized steel in the fabrication of the steel columns and frame for cost effective longevity. Located in picturesque Limington, Maine, the Chase Miller Bridge is a 55-ton mass of hot-dip galvanized steel. Requiring protection from the highly corrosive marine environment, HDG steel was the ideal choice to provide corrosion protection for this bridge. The state of Maine is no stranger to hot-dip galvanizing, all bridges in the state have been galvanized since 1998 because of the low cost, maintenance free nature, and extended life-cycle. Additional galvanized structures in Maine include the Augusta Memorial Bridge, Eastern Trail Bridge, Maine Pedestrian Bridge, and the Westbrook Riverfront.
In Canada, Quebec has more galvanized projects than any other province. Two artistic sculptures, Women of the Future and Oeuvre Coburn, show the aesthetics of galvanized steel are highly complementary in artistic applications. The Hambro Portable Parking Structure uses hot-dip galvanized steel for its abrasion resistance due to the constant moving, handling, and re-building of the structure. Many other high profile projects throughout Quebec incorporate galvanized steel into their designs, including the Rolland Beadin Outdoor Stage, Expocite, Sept-Ile Multi Purpose Wharf Complex, Kuujjuaq, Nunavik Airport, and the hot-dip galvanized rebar in Autoroute 40 and the A30 Express Highway.
In Saint John, New Brunswick, two industrial projects, Canaport and Irving Pulp and Paper Plant, stand as great examples of the superior corrosion protection galvanized steel provides in highly industrial environments. Lastly, finish the trip at Newfoundland and Labrador’s Vale Nickel Plant. Galvanizing was the perfect choice to meet sustainability requirements as zinc is a naturally occurring element and galvanized steel is 100% recyclable at the end of its life-cycle. Vale Inco knew the importance of protecting their steel from corrosion and continue to employ galvanizing in their North American and European facilities.
We hope these articles help you notice the various hot-dip galvanized facilities and structures you encounter on summer road trips. Share your summer road trip pictures of galvanized projects with us by posting them to our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts, tagging the AGA in your pictures, or using the hashtag #GalvanizeIt. Have fun out there this summer!