Spring has been a busy time around Wishbone. Even without the usual trade shows and road trips we have seemed to keep a steady pace through these interesting times. What we as a team have been focusing on is innovation. Innovating new products as well as looking at existing products and how to customize them to different installation applications. In this newsletter you will see a feature story on a custom install where we worked in concert with Landscape Architects and Contractors as well as two new and innovative products we are sure you will like!
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Project: John Knox Christian School Landscape Architect: PMG - Cameron Woodruff Landscape Contractor: Westwood Landscapes
In the summer of 2019, Wishbone was called upon to supply in large quantity two types of benches for this high-profile school project: our Skyline and Skyline backless bench with a modification for installation as part of a gabion-cage wall feature.
Although the Skyline Gabion Bench had been customized, specified and installed as such on a previous project, a challenge arose rather early on during the construction phase for this job.
The landscape contractor needed the gabion leg portions only on a much sooner-than-anticipated timeline. If Wishbone were able to advance the manufacturing timeline for these supporting leg components of the benches, it would facilitate the correct installation in conjunction with the assembly of the gabion cages.
Wishbone rose to the challenge, delivering the aluminum leg portions in advance of the actual bench seating portions.
A further consideration was the elevation of the benches in the context of the grade of the project – everything was on a slant! Working quickly with Cam from PMG-LA, both Westwood and Wishbone were careful to ensure that the seat-height of all the benches was uniform regardless of the challenging grades.
Wishbone was also present on-site to assist with the fitting of the bench portions to the gabion leg portions, providing quality control assurance and manufacturer’s approval of the completed install. We believe the finished project is something that all stakeholders can be proud of, also demonstrating Wishbone’s core values of Passion, Integrity, Accountability, and – overall – Quality.
Pre-Construction. You can see the challenging terrain we were working with. Custom was the perfect answer!
Introducing: The Abundance Raised Planter Box
Enjoy an abundance of compliments as flowers explode with colour and vegetables flourish in the Abundance Raised Planter Box. This no-maintenance modern design uses recycled plastic along with an aluminum frame and stainless-steel fasteners to give you decades of use without the splinters. The equivalent of 320 plastic food and beverage containers are used in the production of each planter box so nature remains happy and plants and vegetables are protected from toxic chemicals that can leach into the soil from pressure treated lumber alternatives. The planter box ships unassembled and within 10 minutes it can be set up and ready to be used for shoots and sprouts. At the end of growing season, if necessary, the box is easy to disassemble and relocate to another location or be stored away until spring. A raised bed has never looked so good.
Introducing: The Mackenzie Modular Bench
Geometry never looked so good. The Mackenzie Modular Bench adds a modern geometric edge to any environment. This bench allows people to visit side-by-side or face-to-face depending on how the pieces are fit together. The concept of this bench is to take left and right parallels, rectangles and wedges to create a bench that is not only stylish but practical. Thousands of seating combinations are possible owing to the 3,4,5 and 6 feet sections that can be configured in a variety of ways to brilliantly creative results. Ideas and combinations are only limited by your imagination! We are in the process of creating the various combination options. Please call for more details and pricing.
Solutions for the Future from Pieces of the Past
Another busy month turning recycled materials into sustainable site furnishings. In June 2020 we recycled 44,998 lbs of materials that would have otherwise ended up in landfills. Every month we track how much plastics and metal we are reusing. This has been at the forefront of our business mission and we are so excited to share the results with you. We are only few more more pounds away from hitting 4 Million Pounds! Stay tuned...
Image of the Month July 2020
The John Outhouse. Did you know we also are the largest manufactures of Outhouses using Recycled Plastics?