It’s always interesting to work with a variety of different buildings, creating things for different uses. When the Lombard Fire Department approached us about creating a galvanized mezzanine and guard rail for their water tower, we got to work making something that would last and be practical for their purposes. The installation would be for inside the pumping station and would allow the employees to monitor everything from a safe distance. The interior of the water tower is a very interesting space with a variety of different levels and the placement of all of the pipes. Pipes don’t always need to be covered up and can often add character to a space. After all, plumbing can be an art in and of itself just like other types of architecture and craftsmanship. What we needed here was a place so that the water tower could be safely accessed to check for problems and allow maintenance of the pipes from time to time.
In our workshop we crafted this wrought iron steel mezzanine in several parts so that they could be installed inside the water tower. We also elected to use hot dip galvanization in gray for all the pieces to ensure the ultimate durability through many years of use. The railings were made of square wrought iron bars that have two layers and we incorporated a grate for the floor so that water and snow could pass through if necessary. This also provides grip for work boots so that workers can avoid slipping and falling in the sometimes slick conditions. We designed the frame to look like girders. A shape like this is often at the heart of any building as it is a stable construction that can bear a lot of weight.
When we went to install the mezzanine we had to get creative. Take a look at the floor below and check out all those pipes. It was a pretty tight space for our crew! We ended up using a series of ladders and scaffolding to get firm footing while we put in the different sections of the mezzanine. Safety is always a priority for our team. Once the frame was in place we were able to lay the grate flooring and install the guard rail.
The finished product was exactly what the fire department needed to be able to access the pipes in the water tower and have a safe platform to enter the building on. As you can see from the photos, the pipes are set below the entrance. The old mezzanine was worn and no longer safe, but with the use of galvanized wrought iron, the new mezzanine will stand up to the water and remain firm and sturdy for many years to come.
If you are interested in custom metal fabrication in the Chicago area for your building, commercial or residential, please contact us. We do a variety of projects from the purely practical industrial design on display in the Lombard Fire Department water tower to more artistic stylized metalwork designs for home owners. We’d love to create something long-lasting for your building or property!