Galvanize Your Way Across North America - Part Three, The South
Part one of our road trip adventure began in the western North America, with part two continuing on to the Midwest. We now take our travels to the Southern part of North America, beginning in Louisville, Kentucky. The Twisted Sisters Roller Coaster is a beautiful, unique, hot-dip galvanized steel roller coaster. Two stadiums, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on the University of Louisville campus, and the Louisville Slugger Field near downtown, both incorporate galvanized steel into their designs and stand as fine examples of galvanized steel in sports complexes.
Nashville, Tennessee may be the music capital, however, there are also quite a few galvanized projects to check out here. The 28th Street Connector links West and North Nashville and uses a duplex system of powder coating over galvanized steel to protect the posts and tubing of the railings. The First Center Planter Box is a part of series of thirty-eight sculptures of gigantic roses and also uses a duplex coating to protect the base of the sculpture from corrosion. Galvanizing was specified to prevent unsightly rust from marring the whimsical look of the Dragon Sculpture in front of the Children’s Theater. First Tennessee Ballpark is home to the Nashville Sound and was created as a landmark facility to perpetuate the heritage and traditions of baseball for both today’s families and future generations. Galvanized steel accomplishes that goal by ensuring corrosion protection of the steel for the life of the stadium.
In Bentonville, Arkansas, the Scott Family Amazeum Children's Museum was built to combine fun and functionality by executing a design featuring interactive indoor and outdoor learning spaces. The steel structures were hot-dip galvanized to ensure necessary durability with little or no maintenance, and add to the overall sustainability of the project. The Cross Oil Refinery in Smackover, Arkansas needed a durable coating for all steel structures because of the warm, humid climate and corrosive by-products that exist in an industrial setting. Because of its proven ability to withstand such a harsh environment, HDG was the obvious choice to protect the steel.
The Huey P. Long Bridge Renovation spans across the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the design stage, the Louisiana Department of Transportation sought a coating system for the steel components of the bridge that would be cost-effective while preventing corrosion, as more than 50,000 motorists cross the bridge each day. HDG was the final choice due to its resistance to corrosion as well as the minimal maintenance requirements of the coating. Over in Bossier City, LA, the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway Pedestrian Bridge uses hot-dip galvanized steel because a sustainable, consistent visual appearance with little to no maintenance over the life of the project was crucial for this project.
The Lazy Magnolia Brewery in Kiln is Mississippi’s oldest packaging brewery, and the first one since prohibition was enacted in 1907. The owners specified hot-dip galvanized steel for the building expansion because of its cost-effectiveness and durability in the harsh conditions of the brewery. In Madison, MS, the FAA decided to go with a hot-dip galvanized coating system for the Doppler VORTAC and TACAN Towers due to its proven durable coating and long life-cycle. The durability and reliability of the galvanized coating will ensure costly downtime for maintenance, and safety hazards are not a factor for the VORTAC and TACAN structures.
Florida has plenty of interesting galvanized projects, however a few stand out. The Daytona International Speedway used galvanized steel in its original construction back in 1985 as well as it’s recent, 15,000 ton galvanized steel expansion in 2014. The Center for Great Apes in Wauchula incorporates shades of green and brown in order to help the structures blend with the natural environment, without sacrificing the long-lasting, maintenance-free durability provided by galvanized steel. Lastly, the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg uses galvanized steel to protect the steel structures holding the outer, artistic glass structure that stands as a nod to the famed artist.
North Carolina also has many galvanized projects. The Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville occupy over 5.8 million square feet of land. Hot-dip galvanizing is the only coating capable of withstanding the wet conditions necessary in a working greenhouse. Galvanizing protects all of the steel used to support the structure of the glass houses and it performs for decades without maintenance. Nearby, the Charlotte Douglas Airport Parking Garages have galvanized bow-string trusses surrounding the buildings to create graceful arches on the exterior surface of the concrete structure. The use of galvanizing will guarantee decades of corrosion free service life for the city without maintenance, while maintaining the architect’s vision for the garages.
The adventure concludes in Part Four with a tour of the northeastern part of the continent.
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