The beauty of the Churchill Downs is nothing short of breathtaking. Steeped in over a century of racing history, this iconic venue exudes an aura of grandeur and prestige. The sight of the towering twin spires against the backdrop of the sprawling racetrack is awe-inspiring, encapsulating the essence of equine excellence and human achievement. As the home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby, the atmosphere on race day is electrifying, as thousands gather to witness the sheer athleticism and grace of both horse and jockey.
Beyond its sporting significance, Churchill Downs stands as a symbol of tradition, camaraderie, and the enduring passion for horse racing that has transcended generations. Its timeless allure and magnetic charm make it an unrivaled treasure in the world of sports, leaving an indelible mark on all who have the privilege to experience its splendor.
The overall result is a harmonious union of strength and beauty that not only enhances the overall aesthetics of the seating area but also ensures its longevity, with the added benefit of minimal maintenance.
Unfortunately, architecture has not been invented yet that can withstand the pressure of mother time. Therefore, the decision was made to modernize the turn 1 seating area. The team at the Churchill Downs faced several strategic decisions on this project. One of which included how to upgrade the handrail. A complex puzzle reveled itself when deliberating how to coat the handrail, considering the ongoing challenge of potential chemical contamination from human touch, food, moisture, and cleaning agents. With a deep commitment to the safety and longevity of their seating section upgrade, they recognized that the constant exposure to chemicals could compromise both the appearance and structural integrity of the handrail over a short period of time. This intricate consideration led them to explore a range of specialized coating solutions, each tailored to withstand the harsh effects of chemical exposure.
The design team engaged in extensive research and collaborated closely with coatings experts to identify the most resilient options. Through meticulous analysis, they arrived at a decision that combined a galvanized steel base layer with a powder coated top layer. The duplex coating allowed for a brilliant fusion of aesthetics and functionality because it provided the most impenetrable shield against the corrosive impact of the chemicals while also blending in with the timeless architectural charm of the Churchill Downs. Choosing to galvanize also allowed the handrail to be coated inside and out thereby ensuring maximum protection over the life of the coating. Furthermore, the synergistic effect of the duplex coating increased the useful life of the material by a factor of 1.5-2 times. The overall result is a harmonious union of strength and beauty that not only enhances the overall aesthetics of the seating area but also ensures its longevity, with the added benefit of minimal maintenance.
The turn 1 handrail upgrade serves as a testament to the Churchill Downs unwavering commitment to excellence. Their thoughtful approach showcases their dedication to providing a racing experience that is as visually captivating as it is enduring, setting a new standard for architectural innovation in the world of equestrian venues.
Recreation & Entertainment
Louisville, KY United States
Aesthetics, Coating Durability, Corrosion Performance, Ease of Specifying, Quality of HDG, Sustainability
All handrail on the turn 1 upgrade was galvanized.
AZZ Galvanizing - Plymouth
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