Purple Perforated Aluminum Fence at St. Thomas
The trend in perforated aluminum fences, as seen in St. Thomas’ stadium, continues on. Libraries, Universities, Major League Stadiums and Park and Rides, are just a few of the places we’ve fabricated perforated panels for. Reasons architects and facility managers choose perforated metal panels instead of chain link or wooden fences are many.
The two main reasons are aesthetics and durability. Let’s take a look at the purple perforated aluminum fence we completed at the Univeristy of St. Thomas.
University of St. Thomas, MN
Astro Metal Craft fabricated an aluminum fence of 425′ around the Tommies’ O’Shaughnessy Stadium. The purple powder-coated, perforated aluminum panels are attached to black T-bar posts. There are also unique aluminum attachments, under the scoreboard. Top posts of the fence are flat, mild steel angles. Importantly, the angles are for stability and additional support. In addition, we provided tamperproof hardware bolts for the bar and panels.
The interchangeable white shields (seen on both sides of the school name) is the unique feature about this project. The shields with the football laces, as seen, are exchangable with a similar shield. This all depends on the event and sport utilizing the facility at the time, of course. The shields and lettering were laser cut out of flat aluminum. In addition, Astro designed the shield logos using three layers. The several layers provide depth and distinctiveness.
Astro also facilitated the slotted connections, perforation profile and orientation. We suggested ¼” square holes on 1” straight centers, 7% open area. This design of “less openness” was for the integrity of the fence. In addition, it blocks off visibility of neighboring practice fields.
Perforated Aluminum Offers Aesthetics and Durability
As described above, the main reason perforated metals are increasing in production is because of its pleasing look and robustness. Chain link and wooden fences, however, do not provide these features quite like perforated metal does. In particular, it is uncommon to see colored chain link or wooden fences. Paint doesn’t adhere to the protective zinc coating on galvanized steel. Correspondingly, wood is a common material for fences. However, metal lasts a lot longer and is maintenance-free.
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The fabrication methods employed for this purple perforated aluminum fence were machining, shearing, laser work, forming and punching. For efficiency and control of quality, these were all done in-house.
Contact us today if you are considering perforated metal panels now or in the future. We work with many architects and engineers for custom perforated panels. We also have a series of pre-engineered perf panels that you can customize. Our products are ready to be spec’d today! Therefore, you can insert your design into the specifications. Click here for more!