Foreman Crafts Bronze and Glass Stair System at Kenrick Glennon Seminary
A construction project at Kenrick Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury, Missouri, included an elegant architectural railing that incorporated materials such as antiqued bronze, glass, aluminum and wood. BSI Constructors was the general contractor, with project manager John Kenter overseeing the details of getting the railing fabricated and installed. Canon Design provided the architectural drawings for the railing, and Foreman Fabricators was chosen for the fabrication.
Foreman began by using specialized software to create a 3-dimensional model that allowed the architect and the general contractor to view the railing from any angle, so they could readily verify and approve the specifics of how the railing was to be fabricated. Once approved, Foreman did field measuring for the stair system to match actual field dimensions with the architectural design.
Aluminum shoes were used, and cladded with bronze that Foreman fabricated to spec from muntz metal sheet. Foreman also custom made the top bronze cap from muntz, and provided the bronze brackets for the wooden grab rails, the antiquing on the bronze components and the glass panels for the infill. In the end, Foreman brought together all the critical metal and glass components the contractor needed to install the railing on site.
BSI Constructors had their own iron workers available, so they performed the installation, but Foreman’s team assisted BSI as needed along the way to ensure proper fits and to make any necessary adjustments to the provided materials. BSI’s team did a great job on the installation, and the end result is a beautiful and distinctive contemporary railing that will hold up to years of wear and tear.
Foreman Makes Architect’s Vision a Reality at the Art Museum
The St. Louis Art Museum’s extensive expansion project included fine work from Foreman Fabricators. Working as a subcontractor for Gravois Planing Mill, Foreman was responsible for cladding their millwork with hot rolled steel sheet with a black oxide finish and a polane clear coat finish. Items included for this specialized cladding included desks, trash receptacles, coat racks, shelves and display counters.
There were several challenges for this project. The main issue was the material itself; it’s difficult to get hot rolled steel sheet that doesn’t have any rust marks on it, and the steel had to be clean and free from all rust for the black oxide finish to look like the architect envisioned. The architect also specified that all bent corners needed to be quite sharp, with a minimal radius. This radius spec required Foreman to put a v-groove into the back of the sheet every place there was a bend, which allowed the bend to come out sharp as the architect envisioned.
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Another challenge was the incredibly tight tolerances required on the various cladding panels. The architect didn’t want any gap at all between panels, so every piece had to be cut and formed, then fit-up to the woodwork to ensure each panel would work prior to application of the black oxide and clear coat finish. To add to the difficulty, the panels were sensitive to shipping damage, so extra precautions had to be employed to ensure none of the finished panels would be scratched or damaged during shipping. This required building large crates with extra padding and insulation to protect the panels, and the use of dedicated trucks instead of the usual LTL option, where the panels were more susceptible to damage from other cargo in the trucks.
Finally, the finished panels had to be installed using a specialized 3M epoxy glue, and great care had to be taken so absolutely no glue contacted the outside, finished surface of the panels, and no scratches or damage occurred during installation. Foreman and Gravois Planing Mill also had to devise a temporary wooden basketry-like support system to help support the panels while the epoxy set up on the cabinet work.
In the end, Foreman Fabricators and Gravois Planing Mill worked very well together, and delivered the finished product in compliance with architectural specifications and the needs of the construction project all together.
Click here to learn more about Gravois Planing Mill.
Countertops can make or break a room, if they aren’t aesthetically pleasing it’s hard to make a room look nice. No matter what the space, transform your design with custom countertops by Foreman and you’ll have a variety of metals to choose from including stainless steel, aluminum, copper and more. Whether your space is a commercial location or a private residence, Foreman can cater to your exact specifications and needs.
A perfect example is the stainless steel countertops at Ginger Bay Salon & Spa. Foreman fabricated a “color bar” for the service area of the salon that was both beautiful and functional…and easy to keep impeccably clean. Click here to read full article.
If you’ve ever been to a baseball Cardinals game in St. Louis, there’s a good chance that you’ve counted on us to keep you upright: we fabricated and installed the countertop at the Dugout Bar in Ballpark Village.
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If you need bartops, countertops, stainless steel drink rails, bar well rails, a simple metal bracket or anything else you need that’s fabricated from metal, Foreman Fabricators is the metal manufacturer to call. We offer a variety of finishes and can do modifications or repairs to existing metal items. We can make a single, one-of-a-kind item or we can make thousands of them.
Repair it, Don’t Replace it, with Foreman Fabricators
Spider Staging is an industry leader in manufacturing and renting high rise window washing/painting hoists and platforms, work cages, scaffolding, rigging equipment and a variety of related items that make it safer for workers to access tough to reach areas of industrial and commercial building sites, whether it be for construction or maintenance. Naturally, their equipment has to stand up to stringent regulations for durability and safety, and due to the nature of the use of their equipment, it takes a beating on a regular basis.
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That’s where Foreman Fabricators comes in. Spider sells much of their equipment outright, but because their highly specialized equipment is costly and often only needed at a given site for relatively short periods, they also run a thriving rental business. Spider regularly sends damaged or worn equipment to Foreman for refurbishing and repair, which is a cost effective alternative to replacement of these expensive items. Sometimes it’s a broken weld or two, or a damaged section that needs repair or replacement, and sometimes an entire cage requires replacement. Foreman’s skilled craftsmen have the expertise to handle such repairs, and they have welding technicians who are certified on steel, aluminum and stainless steel, an important requirement for working on safety equipment such as that provided by Spider. When an inspection of their equipment identifies any fault with their equipment, Spider knows that Foreman Fabricators has the expertise to do the job right.
As they do for companies like Spider Staging, Foreman has the expertise to match existing metal parts that have become worn or damaged, which helps customers reduce costs by repairing or replacing expensive metal parts instead of buying something new. They can also create specialized, one-of-a-kind parts and components to meet the specific needs of a customer. Foreman does a lot of work with facility owners and their maintenance departments to offer solutions such as customized door plates and corner guards, grate replacements, elevator cladding fixes or upgrades, railing and guardrail replacement and repair, and so on. They also work with a wide variety of companies to help them maintain expensive equipment that has metal parts prone to wear or damage.
The Foreman Fabricators’ Online Glass Rail Calculator: A Fast & Easy Way to Estimate Glass Rail Costs
Foreman Fabricators is happy to announce its new Online Glass Rail Calculator at www.foremanfab.com/calc. Foreman knows that researching costs for construction jobs and projects can be a time consuming task, so they set out to offer this simple tool for project estimators, contractors, designers, architects, property managers and even consumers to get a sensible budgetary estimate for the most common glass stair rail or glass balcony rail projects. The Online Glass Rail Calculator is a tool that’s yours for the using, absolutely free and with no obligation. You don’t need to register or give us your email address unless you choose to follow up for more information.
This stair rail price estimating tool allows you to make your choice of aluminum and glass railing or stainless steel and glass railing, with tempered glass infill or laminate glass infill, and shoe mounting or post rail mounting system. You can choose from brushed or mirror polished stainless steel, or clear anodized aluminum. Select the lengths of your stair runs and number of turns, and see the numbers instantly, that’s all there is to it! We’ve even created this helpful how-to video to walk you through it:
“We’ve worked with Architects, contractors and construction project estimators for over 50 years, helping them get the detailed information they need when they’re putting together construction costs or project budgets,” says Brian Foreman, President of Foreman Fabricators, Inc. “It just makes sense for us to work closely with our clients and be as helpful as we can up front,” he explains. “If we can be of service when they’re putting together costs for their construction projects, we feel it gives us an opportunity when it comes time for them to award the actual fabrication. It’s an important part of doing business in our industry.”
Foreman Fabricators makes all styles of handrails, and a lot of them incorporate glass into their design. “We want this Online Rail Calculator to be an easy tool for people to get quick cost estimates for the most common glass handrail projects. We’ll try to keep improving it and adding new features as users give us feedback, so it can be as useful as possible for our current customers, and potential customers. It’s out there for anyone to use, free of charge.”
Rob Rolves, Vice President at Foreman Fabricators, is excited about rolling out the new website addition. “It’s been a heck of a challenge getting the rail calculator ready, but I think it’s going to be a great tool for people who need it. We selected the most common glass railing types for the launch, the ones people ask us to quote on all the time. The glass rail pricing tool walks you through options for the types of support systems, metals, finishes and glass types…so it really allows for a pretty good variety of choices and glass rail designs. It can even give rough estimates on the installation costs.”
But don’t forget, Foreman’s team of experienced project managers and estimators is always available and willing to advise you and help you price any handrail job. Whether it’s a simple no-frills support railing for steps…or a guardrail to protect people from falling from a landing or platform…or a protective rail to keep people away from dangerous areas such as in manufacturing facilities…to elegant, one-of-a-kind hand railings and glass balcony rails to give a distinctive architectural metal look, Foreman Fabricators has made hundreds and hundreds of them all.
Give the Foreman Online Glass Rail Calculator a try, any time, day or night, 24/7. Or Contact Us directly at 314-771-1717 and ask one of our project managers for assistance with any metal fabrication quote you need.
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