Earlier this year, we were honoured to be chosen by Alberta Champions to help design and construct their 5th Field of Fame monument at Heritage Park. This was an exciting project that required many different skills and talents to pull off. As it is the fifth iteration of this monument, one may think the design and construction was easy, however, there are times when project replication creates some interesting challenges. This project spotlight focuses on some of the considerations we had to account for.
We couldn’t be prouder of the final product and hope you visit Heritage Park soon to see it!
In the planning stages for this project, we knew the initial challenge was to reverse engineer the design done by a previous builder. As the Alberta Champions Society already had 4 of these similar monuments installed, we needed to insure this 5th display would be a fantastic addition. If you’re interested, we highly recommend checking out the other 4 monuments which can be found at Jamieson Place, Court of Queen’s Bench Park, Hyatt Regency Hotel, and McDougall Centre.
One goal was to cut down on costs where possible without sacrificing the look or quality of the monuments – The exact type of design challenge we excel at! We achieved this by simplifying the construction design and reducing the number of separate elements the previous monuments had. This also made for easier assembly and fabrication. A big win-win!
We also installed LED lit displays embedded within the 6 steel “sheaves of wheat.” We produced laminated glass elements that contained graphics infused between the layers of glass. Our graphic design team was able to seamlessly reproduce the graphics, as they again, needed to match Alberta Champion’s previous projects.
As the case often is, the original site plans didn’t perfectly line up with what we discovered on site. This required us to adjust the designs and construction methods very quickly to ensure the project stayed on time.
For example, elevation from one end of the site to the other, differed by approx 10”. This meant the design of the benches and approach of the paving stones had to be reconfigured during construction. We sloped the paving stone towards the center of the site to maintain a wheelchair accessible entrance and exit to the site.
The change in elevation caused one concrete bench to have a higher kick reveal than the other benches. To address this, we created a concrete cap that slipped over the bench to maintain a consistent 4” kick along the bottom of the bench.
Developing the site to be ready for this monument involved:
- Paving stones and broomed concrete to match the existing site
- Constructing concrete benches to support the 7 displays, engineered with reinforced rebar
- Re-route sprinkler system
- Flood lights and concrete embedded LED strip lights.
- Arranging for new electrical to be placed in existing bollard stands as our display contained timed lights that illuminate at night
Site before & during installation:
Ultimately, all components of this project came together well. The Fifth Field of Fame was introduced to the public on September 15, 2016 in front of a great crowd and even featured in the Calgary Herald! We were thrilled to have had an opportunity to work on this and can’t wait for the 6th Field of Fame monument.
If you like the work the Alberta Champions Society is doing, please support them by visiting http://www.albertachampions.org/donate.htm and donating!
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Melissa Buzan | Westwind Design Group Marketing Specialist