In the summer of 2021, the members of American Legion Post 150 in Waconia, Minnesota set an ambitious goal. They aimed to raise nearly $200,000 over a three-year period to renovate two monuments and a Civil War cannon in their community. While all three objects had undergone previous restorations, their age necessitated more extensive efforts this time. The 32-pounder chambered Navy cannon, dating back to 1846, was acquired by Waconia in 1897. The Civil War Soldiers Monument, dedicated in 1892, and the World War I Veterans Monument, dedicated in 1929, were also part of this restoration initiative.
It's a serene space for the community to pay respects to our lost soldiers. This heartfelt tribute is crafted to endure, offering decades of quiet reflection and enjoyment for everyone in town.
The city went to work not only restoring these artifacts but also looking for help from the community. This was not going to be a quick or an inexpensive endeavor. The last two pieces were completed this year with the help of the American Legion Post 150 as well as a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant from the Minnesota Historical Society.
With restoration complete, and City Administrator Shane Fineran collaborated with a local fabricator for the fencing around these displays. Waconia, with its extensive miles of fencing, recognizes the durability and aesthetic appeal of a duplex coating. Hence, the choice for the perimeter was straightforward. The collaboration extended to Hecksel Machine in Watertown, Minnesota, a seasoned expert in galvanizing. They promptly commenced their role in the project.
Achieving a uniform coating on materials is crucial for obtaining a smooth and attractive finish after applying the duplex coating. Incomplete galvanizing or rough surfaces may occur due to trapped air pockets or insufficient drainage, emphasizing the importance of thorough application.
To address these challenges, specialized venting, handling processes and quality control measures are often employed in galvanizing facilities dealing with this type of project. Additionally, careful planning and technical expertise are essential to ensure the effective galvanizing in preparation for the duplex coating.
As part of the design process, the galvanizer recommended several design best practices to make the project a success. Additional holes were recommended (at optimal placement) to provide proper zinc drainage and a progressive dipping process was employed to accommodate the fencing.
Now completed, the city of Waconia warmly welcomes residents, employees, and veterans to the newly finished park at its center. It's a serene space for the community to pay respects to our lost soldiers. This heartfelt tribute is crafted to endure, offering decades of quiet reflection and enjoyment for everyone in town.
Waconia, MN United States
Aesthetics, Coating Durability, Corrosion Performance, Life-Cycle Cost, Prior HDG Experience, Quality of HDG
Fencing around Veterans Memorial
City of Waconia
AZZ Galvanizing - Winsted
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