Foreman Fabricators was honored to have a part in part of developing a signature piece for the Monarch Levee Trail in Chesterfield, Missouri. A part of the Great Rivers Greenway District’s system of trails, the Monarch Levee Trail offers a walkable, bikeable connection primarily along the Chesterfield Valley region along the Missouri River. The project development included L. Krupp Construction as a contractor, and Foreman won the bid for creating the unique sun shades that decorate a rest area along the trail.
Foreman Fabricators worked with the project designer (Therese McKee of Signature Designs) on the final design of the sun shades to ensure they had long lasting strength and durability to withstand the elements. Designed to emulate the look of trees, all steel bars were used for the trunks of the sun shades, and heavy, schedule 80 round steel pipes were used for the canopies to support wind, snow and ice loads. The completed fabrications were hot dipped galvanized and then powder coated to give the pieces strong corrosion protection that will last for many years to come.
When the fabrication of the sun shades was completed and ready for installation, Foreman provided the contractor with a template for placing anchor bolt locations within the concrete mounting foundation. The installation itself went very smoothly, with everything fitting together like a glove. The end result is a set of unique sun shades that act as a centerpiece for a scenic overlook and rest area along the Monarch Levee Trail. The sun shades are so distinctive, they are featured in photos on the Great Rivers Greenway website. https://www.grgstl.org/trails/monarch-chesterfield-levee-trail.aspx