Fibreglass Selected to Replace Deteriorating Timber Screening Pyramids

26 March 2010

Due to unsightly deterioration of large wooden screening pyramids, Strongwell’s corrosion resistant fibreglass Extren structural shapes were chosen by The Vintage Club, one of America’s most prestigious country club communities, to replace the wooden structures.

The club, located at the base of Eisenhower Mountain in Indian Wells, California, has pyramid shaped screens used to accent rooftops and conceal the facility’s air conditioning units. The dual purpose screens were constructed from structural timber and required approximately $75,000 in maintenance costs, every other year.

The timber’s quick deterioration, caused by the desert’s thermal cycling, combined with the mounting maintenance costs were driving factors in the Vintage Club’s exploration for a cost effective, long-term replacement. Harrington Plastics, a distributor of Strongwell products, recognized the club’s situation as an ideal project for fibreglass and suggested Extren structural shapes..

The shapes were pultruded in beige colour to match the existing hue of the wood structures. Thirteen screening structures were fabricated, shipped and easily assembled on site. There, the lightweight structures were lifted into place using a single crane pick. This arrangement meant less install time at the country club, resulting in lower installation costs and little inconvenience to Vintage Club members.

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