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2021 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Commercial Awnings and Canopies
<93 square meters (1,000 square feet)
Caribbean Awning
Production Co. Ltd.
ST. LUCIA
INTERVIEWEE
Jonathan Calderon
Accounting, operations
and sales manager
Project specs: A three-story building with a frame
made in 19 sections, to be bolted and covered on-site,
with angles/corners to also be welded and covered
on-site. The canopy was 1,775 square feet, with a
60-inch projection and 36-inch drop using Weblon®
Coastline Plus®
CP-2704 17-ounce turquoise fabric
LESSONS LEARNED
" The tie-bar method
of fabricating
canopies is the
best and only way
to safely complete
an export canopy
project of this size. "
Jonathan Calderon
Caribbean Awning
Production Co. Ltd.
by Herculite Products Inc.
How was this different from past projects? It was
an export to the neighboring island of St. Vincent.
What were the unique, challenging and
complex facets?
1. Safely packaging and shipping this large product
without damage to the frame or fabric
2. Working with lifts and scaffolding at a three-story
building on a busy downtown street
3. Fabricating and shipping the frames and fabric
separately and in sections
4. Shipping all tools necessary for completing
the job on-site
5. Implementing cost-effective, timely and secure shipping
of the fabricated frames and fabric to the island,
then coordinating inland transport to the site itself
6. Coordinating transport of the product from our
shop to the shipping port to the site with an inland
freight/transport team and with the client's building
contractor and engineer
7. Adhering to an 11-day installation period while
coordinating daily safety and workflow efficiency,
while factoring in building occupancy and street traffic
8. Staying on schedule and under budget in spite of the
high cost of hotel stays and per diem fees for the
technical staff
What skills and knowledge were
most important to getting this done?
Adhering to our ISO 9001-2008
production protocols and quality
control system was key.
What problems/issues were overcome?
The canopy was fabricated using the
tie-bar method, using grommets,
awning rail, and reel and rope to fasten
the fabric to the frame on-site. Instead
of riveting the fabric to the frame, we
shipped the frames separately from the
fabric to avoid damage to an otherwise
prefabricated product. We also rented
tools on the island due to unforeseen
issues with angles and corners that had
to be fabricated on-site.
Advice for fabricators dealing with
similar challenges? Continually
training and practicing ISO and company
protocols on a daily basis and on every
job prepares your team and entire
company for other jobs-no matter
the size and scope.
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