Montreal, QC Canada | 2011
The National Institute of Health, a biomedical research center located in Baltimore, is visible to 200-300 people per day as they research and study ways to prevent a wide array of diseases. On par with a clean-look inside the facility, its outer appearance is of great importance. To accentuate the exterior visual aesthetics of the building, the owner selected to decorate the grounds with large, "industrial-looking" planters filled with various vegetation, trees, etc.
Hot-dip galvanizing presents many benefits to the project...
Citing his success with using galvanized angle lentils in the past, the owner was convinced that the planters should also be coated with the hot-dip galvanizing product. While, hot-dip galvanizing presents many benefits to the project, corrosion protection was the most crucial to the success of this project. With the moist soils of the area and the breezes from Baltimore harbor, the planters needed to be coated to withstand the elements. Durability was also a concern, because inside the planters the vegetation would contain herbicides and fertilizer. HDG has proved in the past to be an excellent barrier to prevent damage to the steel in such conditions. By galvanizing the planters, shipping and handling fears were eliminated during the process from moving the material from Columbus, Ohio. The potential market for similar projects was also realized as many of the architects in the region recognized that galvanizing planters and their own structures were a solid choice. By using hot-dip galvanizing the NIH research center was saved from any maintenance concerns that would exist, the planters will stay corrosion-free for many years to come.
Building & Architecture
Original Equipment Manufacturing
Baltimore, MD United States
All of the planters around the research facility.
Thacker's Custom Metalsworks
V&S Columbus Galvanizing
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