The City of Nampa wanted something visually appealing, but not distracting as their main entrance to the newly thriving downtown area. With hip coffee shops, craft brews and a brand spanking new library, Nampa is on the up and up! With the site’s prominent location, it needed to safely span four lanes of traffic, be a little modern, but still tie into the historical aspect of the area. We took these requests and came up with a concept which was accepted by the City, who had a federal grant for the project. We built this arch within a specific time frame, accommodating several entities: the City, the Railroad and the DOT, all of which had different requirements. We had a weekly inspection from a welding inspector during fabrication, and worked with plans drawn up by a structural engineer. Even Chris’s very own uncle, Den Schofield, a Western artist / painter came out to help us with the historical train drawing aspects. For installation, we hired an erection crew, complying with Davis Bacon federal standards.
completed arch, fall of 2009
Rocket science… scroll through the pictures above to see how it’s done.
Building a rock cave: sculpting foam, shooting it with a special concrete mix, then more sculpting to look like granite and basalt. Color staining and a little faux lichen work, and there you have it.
Watch the pirate ship taking shape above.
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