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ECO-ROCK® Forms a Natural Security Solution for Organic GreenWise Market

Barriers made from ECO-ROCK® gabions increase pedestrian safety for a brand committed to customer wellness.

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The Hole Challenge

GreenWise, an organic subsidiary of Publix Super Markets, was looking to build a new storefront in Lakeland, Florida. As part of the project, they needed to build an exterior safety solution that would tie into the building's overall organic design. Security barricades surrounding the front of the market were required to protect pedestrians and an outdoor patio from the nearby traffic flow. With these protective measures, the Publix team also wanted to harness the natural, welcoming environment characteristic of GreenWise. Overall, the product chosen would need to be strong, durable and appealing. The McNICHOLS Architectural Design Team, a dedicated group of Hole Product specialists, set out to partner with Publix and begin brainstorming specialty metal solutions for their GreenWise store design concept.

The Hole Solution

McNICHOLS worked with the New Store Design team at Publix to discuss some on-theme "ECO" options. McNICHOLS ECO-MESH®, a modular trellis product, was considered for the task. In several applications, these Wire Mesh grids are used to form living wall dividers.

McNICHOLS ECO-ROCK® gabions made from Intercrimp Wire Mesh
McNICHOLS ECO-ROCK® gabions made from Intercrimp Wire Mesh

However, it was another product that ultimately caught the GreenWise team's eye. ECO-ROCK®, a gabion-style containment and barrier system, was found to check off many boxes needed for the project. ECO-ROCK® is a customizable Wire Mesh basket that can hold natural rock, recycled concrete and other sustainable materials. The Mesh is made from 95% recycled metal and features an Intercrimp construction with strength and flexibility. Although the filler options are numerous, rock is the most popular. Rock gabions are often used as barriers to stop flooding, soil erosion and other forces.

For the GreenWise barricades, it was clear that ECO-ROCK® could demonstrate the durability needed to ensure ultimate safety. A natural rock filler would create the organic look fitting the market's design plans as an added benefit. Instead of the typical ostentatious yellow pylons, ECO-ROCK® units would be used as exterior safety bollards—protecting pedestrians entering and exiting the store and forming a barrier for the outside dining area.

ECO-ROCK® safety barriers line the exterior of GreenWise Market
ECO-ROCK® safety barriers line the exterior of GreenWise Market

Rock Solid

General contractor Nick Miyar ordered the ECO-ROCK® and HGR Construction began the process of installation. The team selected a 3' 2" height for the barriers and grounded them to a concrete attachment point. With a .148" wire diameter, the Intercrimp Wire Mesh solidly held the rocks in place, creating the desired security. A Galvannealed, Powder Coated Textured Black finish established a durable corrosion resistance, fortifying the product against exterior elements.

As an extra advantage, ECO-ROCK® and gabion systems can also be beneficial for creating noise barriers. This feature would establish a pleasant, calm atmosphere for patrons dining on the patio and shield them from the other side's bustling traffic sounds.

Two patrons dine on the patio behind the protection of ECO-ROCK® walls
Two patrons dine on the patio behind the protection of ECO-ROCK® walls

A Commitment to Wellness

Through their organic groceries, GreenWise is a brand that prioritizes the health of its customers. The ECO-ROCK® barricades outside their new market are a safety measure that continues to further that goal. The store construction was completed in 2019, opening to the public in December. A row of McNICHOLS gabions welcomes visitors into the store to shop for all-natural groceries and delicious prepared meals. All the while, the eye-catching ECO-ROCK® keeps them safe as they meander about or sit for a spell on the outdoor lounge.

ECO-ROCK® Forms a Natural Security Solution for Organic GreenWise Market
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