Last fall Tournesol Siteworks provided the decorative planters and container irrigation systems for the brand-new airport terminal in Sacramento, CA. Our self-watering planters are already used on the existing terminal, so we were delighted when vanderToolen Landscape Architecture suggested using us for Terminal B.
If you’ve ever worked on a project of this scale, you know it is a massive undertaking. We began work with vanderToolen in September of 2008, and finally delivered the pots as the terminal was opening three years later. That’s a long sales cycle!
The project was divided up into three sections, each with different landscape contractors doing the installation. They were “landside”, which is before security, “airside”, after security, and exterior. The two images above are examples of landside locations, the one below is airside.
Because the landscape staff is already used to the convenience and low maintenance levels of our container irrigation system, it was used on all containers in the new terminal as well. CWI inserts were placed in all the pots indoors, and CWM modular container irrigation was used in exterior direct plantings.
For the interior locations (both landside and airside), vanderToolen specified our Metro Collection FRP planters. Square 36″ and 24″ planters (MR-3600 & MR-2400) were finished smooth (T-0 texture), in metal-infused Aluminum. There was an issue with the finish on several of the airside planters, which required a Tournesol Siteworks crew to mobilize to the airport several days before the Terminal was officially opened. We spent two days doing some additional polishing and finishing, and were able to get the work complete just in time. Our friends at Valleycrest installed the airside planters, and were very helpful in coordinating this on-site work.
Valleycrest also installed the Metro Collection planters used in the exterior patio portion of the project. Here lightweight GFRC concrete in our rustic travertine finish was specfied for the 36″ square pots. Because of the typical heat of Sacramento in the summer, the pots were direct planted and our CWM modular irrigation system was used.
We doubt that they’ll be opening another terminal at the Sacramento airport anytime in the near future, but if they do, hopefully they’ll use our product there, too! The combination of quality, style, durability, and low maintenance makes Tournesol Siteworks a logical partner for a major installation like this.