Great Lakes Water Feature Shrink Wrapped
Posted on November 13th, 2013 | Shrink Wrap Anything with Shrink Wrap and Shrink Wrapping supplies from Dr Shrink, the greatest industrial shrink wrap company.
We recently had another unique and innovative shrink wrap application that we would like to share. In the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan (located about two hours south of Manistee, MI) there is a replica of all five Great Lakes where children can launch a boat and observe as it flows from one lake to the next.
This water feature needs to be shrink wrapped every winter to protect from weather damage. Brett McPherson, positioned in Facility Maintenance at Meijer Gardens, and his team spend about 2-3 days shrink wrapping the lakes every year at the end of October. First, the lakes are drained and then a custom PVC frame is put in place to rest inside the lakes, which provides the framework to shrink wrap around. The PVC frame is basically one long spine running down the center of the lakes with angled legs going down the outside edges. Brett also installs eyelets around the base of the lakes to tie the perimeter band to.
Brett states, “This process takes about 2-3 days depending on the weather. We usually remove the wrap in April/May; basically when we’re not worried about freezing anymore. We use Dr. Shrink’s 12’ x 149’ white 7-mil shrink wrap and it works well for us.” Meijer Gardens have been shrink wrapping the water feature in the Great Lakes Garden for the last 8 years. Take a look at the before and after pictures. This is a terrific example of the various and unique applications for our shrink wrapping products. Thank you for working with us, Brett and thanks for sharing your application!
All photos courtesy of William J. Hebert and Brett McPherson