With spring here and summer fast approaching, the team at Lexco thought it would be a great time to review some of our past outdoor projects — providing cables for an outside shopping complex arbor, working on a living wall featuring vertically planted flowers and plants, and assisting in the creation of a landscaped retaining wall.
Bolingbrook Promenade, a popular outdoor shopping complex in the Chicago suburbs, contracted Nick’s Metal Fabricating of Brookfield, Ill., to design, build, and install a centerpiece arbor. They designed a metal arbor with a wire-trellised top, which initially called for 18 separate wire assemblies to serve as the primary trellising, as well as 36 diagonal assemblies to create a crosshatch pattern.
While we determined that the 36 diagonal assemblies were the best option for this application, we knew that the chosen primary trellising assemblies could be costly and inefficient in terms of installation ease and time. Instead, we recommended a single, long assembly — a less expensive option that was easier to manufacture and required much less installation hardware.
For another project, we were contacted by Mark’s Creative Landscape, a Chicago-based company that designs and installs both residential and commercial landscaping. They had taken on a project for a small commercial client on the North Shore of Chicago and needed help in designing and manufacturing two large-scale living walls.
Living walls are specialty structures used to plant vertical gardens. Premade retail models are available, but none nearly large enough for this application — one wall had to be 12 feet wide, and the other had to be 39 feet wide; both needed to be 14 feet tall. Working closely with the Mark’s Creative Landscape team, we were able to design and manufacture the cable assemblies for the living walls efficiently and cost effectively.
Graham Construction contacted Lexco Cable in regard to a community development project they were working on for the city of Edmonton, in Canada. The development, the Station Pointe subdivision, required a landscaped retaining wall to serve as a separation barrier.
The wall already contained pre-drilled intermediate uprights and required more than 60,000 feet of cable, as well as specific hardware to accommodate the existing components. Meeting all required specifications and successfully working with the preexisting uprights, Lexco was able to deliver the cable in just four weeks.