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University of Connecticut

ADA Parking

With over 25 million faculty, staff, and students coming and going across college and university campuses in the United States, it is crucial for these organizations to have proper parking signage displayed.

In recent years, the University of Connecticut (UConn) has battled with damaged and broken sign posts across their campuses. The bent sign posts were at risk of being out of compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The broken signage and bollards also diminished the aesthetics and style of the campus.

Per ADA guidelines, parking lot ADA signage “shall be 60 inches minimum above the finish floor or ground surface measured to the bottom of the sign”. The signs must be marked to appropriately identify accessible space and deter others from parking in them. Universities often find that many of the existing sign posts do not reach the 60” minimum due to their existing damage.

Studies show that violations and complaints towards facilities with improper ADA regulations have increased year over year. Violations can turn into litigation and settlement costs incurred by the facility owner or property manager, increasing parking lot related expenses. Keeping non-compliant ADA signage on one’s property is risky and unlawful.

Replacing and Repairing

Standard protocol for replacing out of compliant or damaged posts includes individually removing and repairing each sign post as they became out of ADA compliance. However, this procedure is extremely costly in both material and labor costs.

U-channel and square channel sign posts can take nearly three hours to repair and replace. A skid steer and pneumatic jackhammer are needed to take out the surface and the post. Reinstalling the post involves numerous steps, including placing the post into the hole and leveling the post and surface, refilling the hole with a dirt gravel mixture, laying and flattening an asphalt patch, and finally, unbolting and bolting a sign from the old post to the new post. This process can leave a work crew at the job site for hours.

Sign posts attached on top of concrete bollards are littered across university campuses nationwide in an effort to add more “protection” to the post. However, like u-channel sign posts, they are susceptible to getting damaged often. The rigid installation of a concrete bollard only makes the repair and replacement more difficult. Concrete bollards are a reliable way to protect a property’s assets, but their use in parking lots is illogical due to the constant flow of vehicle traffic.

Industry experts estimate that replacing a concrete bollard can take over double the amount of time that it takes to replace a u-channel post. Concrete bollards take almost six and a half hours of labor to replace and cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, in labor and material cost. Concrete bollard removal and replacement requires bulky and special equipment and machinery such as a skid steer, cherry picker, and core drill. This process is timely, expensive, and holds the surrounding parking lot spaces hostage as the work crew must clear out the job site and break up the surface to remove and replace the bollard. A simple solution to eliminating constant parking lot repair and maintenance would be to find a parking lot solution that is built to last and fast to install.

The FlexPost® Solution

UConn is now using FlexPost® products for new parking lot signage and sign post installs. They have also chosen to retrofit old damaged posts and bollards with FlexPost® products.  Concrete base bollards were repeatedly being hit and run over due to poor visibility. The concrete bollard is now replaced with a FlexBollard-XL™. Usually, signs posts installed on campus are aluminum poles. However, these poles are damaged easily by snow equipment and vehicle impacts. To remedy the issue of broken and damaged posts, UConn has opted to retrofit these locations with FlexPost-XLs™.

The university has been pleased with the durability, aesthetics, and ease of install with FlexPost® products. Mark Phegley, from the school’s Facilities Operations department, states that FlexPost®’s products gave him “peace of mind” knowing that the flexible sign posts will be there for a long time. He notes how a FlexPost-XL™ still stands even after a dump truck “ran right through it [and]…the post and hardware stayed in the ground and upright”.

All FlexPost® products are flexible, surface mounted, and can be installed within 30 minutes. Installation no longer requires hours of labor, special tools, or bulky equipment. With the FlexPost® family of products, any organization can save thousands of dollars annually in parking lot repair and maintenance costs. FlexPost® products meet the height regulations for ADA accessible parking spaces and are built to take impacts from vehicles for years to come.  The flexible bollards are highly visible due to the brightly colored high-density polyethylene while appearing rigid to deter drivers from hitting them. However, if a driver does hit them, the bollard flexes upon impact and no damage is done to the bollard, parking lot surface, or vehicle.

Mr. Phegley notes how versatile the flexible sign posts and bollards are when it comes to addressing the multitude of parking and transportation issues the university must deal with. Regardless of whether a post in a parking lot is comprised of a concrete bollard or a u-channel sign post, the probability of it getting struck by a vehicle at some point is very high. FlexPost® products ensure that the signage on the property remains visible and durable.

University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut

SmartCone Technologies & Flexible Channelizers

SmartCone Technologies Inc., leaders of IoT (Internet of Things) technologies, partnered with the Ottawa Police Service for a project. The project was to make a busy intersection and surrounding bike lanes safer for cyclists and motorists. Before the project, the intersection was not signalized. Channelizers were perfect for this project.

SmartCone installed FlexPost’s Flexible Channelizers and fitted them with LED lights near the bike lanes. In addition to the channelizers, installation also included guideposts with sensor technology near the lanes. The sensor technology detects nearby cyclists’ motion. The posts collect the information, then redirects it to a computer located in a nearby hydro pole. Then, a computer sends a signal to the Channelizers that cause the LED lights to flash to caution motorists of nearby cyclists.

The motion sensor technology and LED lights improves the safety of cyclists on the bike lanes and any driver approaching the busy intersection.

Check out the project’s video below!

FlexPost Inc. & JMB Manufacturing Partnership

FlexPost Partners with JMB

We at FlexPost Inc. are happy to announce our partnership with JMB Manufacturing! Through this partnership, FlexPost® products will now be available in Australia. We will kickoff our partnership with JMB at the 2017 Parking Australia Outlook show in Sydney, Australia from September 17th-18th! Both of our companies will have our products on display. This parking conference brings together those in parking from all industries and sectors to learn and converse about the newest developments and technologies in parking. We will be displaying with JMB at Booth #7! Stop by and say hello!

JMB Manufacturing

JMB is a premier manufacturer of road safety and car park safety products in Australia. Specializing in spring return products, JMB is able to help businesses reduce parking lot repair costs while protecting drivers and pedestrians. Reduced site attendance and replacement costs, reduced site damage, and increased road safety for pedestrians and workers are just a few benefits or JMB and their products. Portable signage, spring return sign posts, and bollards are among JMB’s product line. Learn more about JMB and their products here.

JMB has a strong commitment to creating environmentally sustainable products. All of the company’s operations comply or exceed current environmental legislation and codes of practice. The reduction of waste and efficient use of all materials, such as water, electricity, transportation mediums, etc, are a top priority at JMB. Everyone from management to employees are trained, educated, and informed on environmental practices and issues. See JMB’s full environmental policy here!

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FlexPost-SM™ & HDPE

Polyethylene

Our FlexPost-SM™ product line is composed of high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Polyethylene, (C2H4)n,is one of the most produced plastics in the world. Trash bags, tubes, and bottles are all created using polyethylene. Specifically, high-density polyethylene is used in milk bottles, children’s toys, and cutting boards. HDPE is stiffer and stronger than other types of polyethylene because of its high crystalline structure. The high crystalline structure results from a lack of branches that allow polymer chains to stick closely to one another during the production process.

Similar to other great discoveries, polyethylene was produced on accident in the late 1800’s. However, mass production and true appreciation of polyethylene would be seen many decades later. During World War II, polyethylene was used secretly as an insulating material for military radar. Over the next few years, the secret of polyethylene got out and was produced commercially. Production and demand grew exponentially due to its strength, impact-resistance, and durability.

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How it’s made

Polyethylene is produced by cracking naphtha in crude oil. Cracking is simply using heat to break down hydrocarbons.  Ethylene is released through this heating process. The gas is then liquified and pushed through small holes of a plate. While solidifying, the polyethylene is cut into small pieces that will be eventually melted down to be used in various products. The density of polyethylene can be manipulated by applying varying degrees of pressure during the production process. Higher density polyethylene is created by applying lower pressure while lower density polyethylene results from higher pressure.

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FlexPost-SM™ (HDPE)

The rigid nature of HDPE allows our products to remain light weight yet extremely strong and flexible even after repeated collisions with a vehicle. Our products are able to withstand impacts of up to 60 miles per hour due to the strength and durability of polyethylene. The HDPE in our guideposts and delineator paddles is not only impact-resistant but UV-resistant. This allows our products to remain in direct sunlight without becoming brittle or weak.

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