San Antonio Park Project Wins Fence Industry Design Award

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The Les Grube Design Award is the highest honor bestowed upon fence projects in North America. This prestigious award recognizes excellence in design, innovation, and value creation for successful commercial fencing installations.

CLFMI has been the industry’s voice, a partner to the architectural & contractor communities, and the consumer’s champion for over half a century. Our members have pledged to continue to provide the safest, most versatile, & most cost-effective fencing products, manufactured to the highest standard.

The Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute (CLFMI) has announced the 2021-2022 Les Grube Memorial Design Award has been given to designer/installer Buster Simpson, LLC, Yakima, WA, for their work on the Pearsall Park Wickiup Encampment Project.

The Wickiup Encampment is a shade structure designed and installed by Buster Simpson LLC along a public walking trail at Pearsall Park. The Park was designed by BWC Design, San Antonio, Texas. Wickiup Encampment was funded by San Antonio Public Art.

The wickiup “blankets” consist of five layers of mesh. All five layers are secured with stainless steel ties. The twisted wire ends of each blanket are capped with swaged sleeves. The blankets at Wickiup Encampment have a center layer consisting of UV stabilized powder coated woven wire chain link (3/8" mini-mesh) with two layers of stainless-steel twisted wire mesh on either side. The center layer was assembled by weaving different colored coils together to create an innovative multi-colored blanket effect. (Note: This project was also a recipient of a national award from the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network). View more images here

The CLFMI Design Award is named for Les Grube, a Past President of the Chain Link Fence Manufacturer Institute and a fence industry pioneer. The winning architect and contractor each receive specially - designed plaques and cash awards of $2,500.00 for the designing architect and $1,000.00 for the installing contractor.

The Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute is an organization of manufacturers, engineers, architects, contractors, and suppliers working to improve the safety, quality, and the availability of chain link fencing systems. They have members based in the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

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