The scheduler at our Union City facility, Angel Rodriguez, just got back from a little R&R in Arizona over spring break. While there, he went to a spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark, in Goodyear, AZ. The ballpark is the spring training home of the Reds and the Indians – of course he was going to watch the Giants, who played the Indians that day. He’s a big 49ers and Giants fan!
We asked around at our facility in Port Orchard, WA, where the benches were produced, and they looked up the project. They were originally produced in 2008 and were installed prior to the 2009 season – so almost 10 years old! Two images below show the benches, receptacles, and our B-5 Collection bollards that were used on the project as well, photographed shortly after installation. Angel reports that they are a) comfortable, and b) still looking great after ten years!!
When you work at Tournesol, you pay attention to these things – there is nothing more important to us than making sure that the product is performing successfully for the owner!! Thanks, Angel, for the photos.
Tournesol Siteworks recently acquired FairWeather Site Furnishings, with a facility located in Port Orchard, WA. With the acquisition, comes new products and installations from across the country that Tournesol can now provide. The Washington facility will be our base for metal and wood fabrication.
We’ve learned a lot about the company as we’ve gotten to know them. One story we love is how a bench in Biloxi inspired a specification in Florida. FairWeather was specified and provided 20 of the Pacifica Collection benches for a project at the Gulf-Biloxi Regional Airport in Mississippi. The Pacifica benches were installed by Yates Construction and each 6 ft. backed bench was fabricated with 1/2″ x 2″ curved steel bar. The seat sections were fabricated with 1/4″ x 1-1/2″ steel straps.
Landscape architect Howard F. Ostrout of Howard F. Ostrout and Associates of Jupiter, FL, was traveling through the airport and sat on one of the benches and thought to himself, “this is one of the most comfortable benches I’ve ever sat on.”
Fast forward a couple of years to when JupiterFIRST Church in Jupiter, FL, contacted Mr. Ostrout to design a Serenity Garden for the church. He remembered how comfortable he was while sitting on the benches at the Gulf-Biloxi Airport so he reached out to FairWeather to use the same benches for the design.
Howard requested modification of the Pacifica benches to match his concept for the design of the Serenity Garden. FairWeather changed the orientation of the steel straps in order for some of the benches to be curved, and added custom ergonomic seat sections. The garden includes 6 curved and 10 straight steel strap benches in powder-coated Burgundy. JupiterFIRST Church continues to enjoy the beautiful surrounding of the Serenity Garden today.