Wilco Landscape Construction and The City of St. Albert
St. Anne Street Realignment Decorative Handrail
8 hrs to laser cut stainless steel panels
The City of St. Albert is working on a revitalization/beautification project of the city’s downtown core. We were asked by our friends at Wilco Landscape to take the city’s design of a decorative metal handrail and make it come to life. The custom designed fence is to be installed along a sidewalk that is adjacent to a roundabout on St. Anne Street in front of the St. Albert Court House. The design of the fence showcases some of the city’s most recognizable local landmarks through cutouts of metal in the handrail.
Originally this project was to be completed in aluminum however after reviewing the specifications of the project we felt it would be too weak of a material and would not give the City the quality craftsmanship that they desired for such a project. We wanted to construct a fence that would last generations and be an asset to the community so instead, with the City’s approval, we used materials that would stand the test of time. Changing the internal material to Stainless Steel will not only prevent rust and decay but also has improved the overall strength of the fence resulting in a product that will be admired for years to come.
Laser Cutting the Panels
Due to the decorative nature and complexity of the details on the fence panels, IMARK’s laser cutting robot was ideally suited for this job. Given the requirement to view the panels from both sides and images with tight tolerances and smooth curves the laser was able to produce roughly three panels every 30 minutes with clean 90 degree cuts. With other cutting processes like water jet or plasma, the tolerances and clean 90 degree cuts would not be possible. If you look closely, some image details such as the bicycle were cut out in one piece using the laser. Other images such as the shoe tread or lacrosse sticks required tiny details perfect for laser cutting.
In the end the laser cut panels allowed for precise details and a flawless finish when viewing the images on the stainless steel panel from either side. This is a project we were proud to be part of.