Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2014

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84 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Mitovich estimates a project of this size and complexity, from design/shop drawing approval, would typically take a fountain company at least 10-12 weeks to deliver. Roman made it happen "double time," he reports. "This project could not take the traditional path of 'negotiation, contract, design submittal, shop drawing approval, production, system delivery, installation, start-up and commissioning,"' he explains. Price and terms were agreed to July 16; a formal contract issued July 17; MEP design/shop drawings completed and delivered July 18; MEP design approved and released for production Aug. 1; equipment fabricated, tested and shipped Sept. 3; and off-loading at the stadium on September 5. Installation and commissioning followed over the next few weeks. The reflecting pools and water wall were installed by Water Structures of North Richland Hills, Texas. In short, the fountain was up and running for the October 13, 2013 presentation and dedication, and a highlight on the evening news. To make the scenario perfect, the Cowboys defeated the Redskins 31-16. The Mechanics The mechanical, electrical and plumbing system was designed around Roman Fountains RDP Series 5 direct-burial equipment vault. The FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) vault super-structure measures 15' long x 8' wide x 9' overall height, and weighs 6-tons fully outfitted. The combined pump and filter flow volume is 3,000 gpm, powered by (2) 1,400 gpm flooded suction pumps on variable speed drives (VFD), allowing the operator to adjust the output of the pumps. The VFDs are also tied to the wind compensation system to ramp down the flow output or stop the fountain during heavy winds. Water treatment/filtration is via (2) 30.5-inch permanent Above The lower reflecting pool was not part of the Sky Mirror project. It is the work of Greenscape Pump of Carrollton, Texas. Oak trees border the pool. (Continued on page 86)

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