We had the incredible opportunity to create a custom wrought iron commercial modern lawn edging for the University of Chicago Law School in Hyde Park. We worked with a landscaping company to transform the entire lawn to mimic an up and down wave pattern where a portion of the edging was buried under ground. The massive scale of the project made it fairly complicated and we had to figure out the perfect strategy to ensure that the edging would survive through many harsh Chicago winters.
We had never worked on anything similar to this, but we were excited to solve all the problems that this project presented. When we were presented with the proposed design by the architects, we were a little perplexed as to how to do something so massive yet so intricate. We spent some time researching lots of different types of finishes and strategies, and then spent months going to meetings to ensure everyone was agreed on the best plan of action to ensure that the installation would last many years.
We met at the job site dozens of times and spent a great deal of time on fabrication, but the toughest part was truly the installation. The angles of every piece had to be exact in order to ensure that that the wave illusion worked, and when you are working with such massive elements it can be difficult – but as always we succeeded. To top it off – everything was moved around by hand and the commercial lawn edging was one of the heaviest products we have ever worked with.
The landscapers went in once the edging was in place and added the right combination of plants and trees to ensure that the final piece really stood out. We had fun on the project and hope we can work on more commercial lawn edging products in the future.
All of the material was cut with very little tolerance and everything was prefabricated and tested in the shop prior to installation in the field. We decided to go with a powder coated finish, applying two layers of heavy powder coating, to ensure that the fact that part of the metal was buried in the soil wouldn’t cause any rusting. Send us an email if you have any questions about commercial lawn edging fabrication or installation. We are your leading commercial metal fabricators and installers in the Chicagoland area!