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Fort McHenry Tunnel Awning Project

Since writing this blog, we received the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award from the International Fabrics Association for our Tunnel awnings! Click here for more info.

We’re proud to announce that in the past several months, Hoffman Awning has been working closely with The Maryland Transportation Authority to manufacture a striking new design above all 4 bores of the Fort McHenry Tunnel.

Work on the project began back in February of this year as part of  the bicentennial celebrations . The signage consists of 66 separate aluminum frames with vivid graphics spanning over 320 feet.

DESIGN

Project Manager Joe Grimm along with our CAD and graphics manager Ben Youngs drew up a unique design that would fit the contours of the curved concrete above the 4 bores on both sides of the tunnel.

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Once the designs were passed by our engineer David Wallace and The MTA’s own engineer, work began on frame construction and artwork.

ARTWORK

Our graphics manager Ben Youngs began working closely with the team @ the MTA to come up with a striking design incorporating the Maryland flag along with a logo representing Fort McHenry.

Several options were created before a design was finalized.
Several options were created before a design was finalized.

Once the design was squared away, we began turning the 320′ of artwork into 66 jigsaw pieces.

Extra care was taken to ensure each piece would line up perfectly with the next.
Extra care was taken to ensure each piece would line up perfectly with the next.

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Tunnel Panels: Fabrication and Installation

Each Panel is 5′ wide with a curve varying between 11′ and 16′. Each piece was hand cut and fabricated by our team of welders. Then we printed out the graphics on durable vinyl and stapled each piece to its corresponding framework. Extra time was taken to ensure the artwork lined up and ink levels were consistent throughout.
Our most experienced fabricator Tim Bell personally stapled all 66 panels with care and precision over several weeks.
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INSTALLATION:

Crews worked around the clock in bucket lifts to install the panels over several nights.

The ugly bare wall before our signs were installed
The ugly bare wall before our signs were installed
Each sign was installed with its protective vinyl over the top to avoid damage and dirt.
Each sign was installed with its protective vinyl over the top to avoid damage and dirt.
Removing the protective vinyl
Removing the protective vinyl.
Joe Grimm Jr & Tim Bell, installation with bucket lift
Joe Grimm Jr & Tim Bell, installation with bucket lift.
Bore 1 installation complete.
Bore 1 installation complete.
Bore 2 Installation
Work begins on Bore 2…

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Bores 2 & 3

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Dawn Breaking on the jobsite

Daytime photos of the finished signs to follow…

Fort McHenry Tunnel – Photo Gallery

Photos are slowly emerging via Twitter and Facebook of our Fort McHenry Tunnel awning project. The response has been great so far.

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East Portals
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West Portals
Aerial shot from Detour Dave's traffic helicopter
Aerial shot from Detour Dave’s traffic helicopter
Aerial shot from Detour Dave's traffic helicopter
Aerial shot from Detour Dave’s traffic helicopter
Aerial shot from Detour Dave's traffic helicopter
Aerial shot from Detour Dave’s traffic helicopter

Watch this space for more photos!