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Thea Foss Waterway

Location: Tacoma, Washington
Architectural/Eng: Reid Middleton and Ralph Petereit P.E. - Everett, WA
Customer: City of Tacoma
Application: Walkway
Material: 44-WH-4 Wheels n' Heels® 5" x 3/8" bar

Along the waterway and across from the newly constructed Museum of Glass, our new Wheels n' Heels® product was the perfect solution.

By the marina along the wide shoreline promenade, an area was needed to allow light penetration under the walk way to meet the National Marine Fishing Specifications. Officials decided to go with our new heavy duty Wheels n' Heels product at the suggestion of Grating Pacific, our distributor on the west coast. Because of the many public functions, the product needed to meet AASHTO and ADA requirements. This area accommodates pedestrians, bicyclists, roller bladers and public events including concerts. In addition, because of the nature of the project, the material needed to be architecturally pleasing as well.

Our new product fit the bill by using a swaged steel panel and integrating it with our traditional heavy duty steel grating. It allows us to provide a wider and longer more architecturally pleasing product which worked perfectly for this project.

Advantages of our current Wheels n' Heels® grating include:

  • Spans up to 24' are available as compared to 8' with many other products
  • Widths are available up to 3'
  • Lighter weight and better strength to weight ratio
  • Better appearance allows for more architectural applications
  • More efficiently meets both ADA and H20 Requirements
  • Allows for more fabrication flexibility for curves and special cuts
  • More economical installation costs with fewer pieces to install

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