Elegant Ornamental Fencing Meets Functional Guardrail at Capitol Ridge Hotel

Project Overview

The Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge Hotel in St. Paul, MN was in need of some separation. Adjacent to a Sears Department Store and across the street from the massive Minnesota Department of Transportation building, the hotel experienced high volumes of traffic both in and around its parking lot.

With no clear barrier between the Best Western and the Sears Department Store, the hotel was experiencing an excess of traffic into their lot and was concerned about the privacy of their guests.

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As you can see in the above map, cars from the mall parking lot are parking face to face with cars parked in the hotel. Only a thin (barely visible here) median is in between the cars, creating a real possibility for cars to come into contact with one another and be damaged.

The hotel came to Century Fence with several requests:

  1. Find a way to distinctly separate the parking lots
  2. Keep cars from contacting across the parking lot median
  3. To have it be aesthetically pleasing

Our Solution

We started with an ornamental fencing steel fence in black by Ameristar, and added a W Beam black powder coated guardrail to match.

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As you can see from the above picture, the wrought iron look of the steel fence adds a look of elegance without the maintenance of real wrought iron. The special scratch resistant E-coat done by Ameristar makes this a durable and maintenance free option as well.

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Adding Guardrail for Added Protection

To guard against constant contact between the fence and cars, a protective guardrail was added to both sides of the fence. The W Beam guardrail is the same durable steel used alongside highways, but this one is powder coated black to match the fence, creating a seamless look between the fence and the guardrail.

Guardrails can serve several purposes in a parking lot setting:

  • Directs the flow of traffic within parking lots for pedestrians and vehicles
  • Prevents traffic from driving over the curb, grass, or foliage within a parking lot structure
  • Separates your company’s parking lot from your neighbors
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In the situation with the hotel, the guardrail helps to separate cars between two different parking lots where there was only a narrow median in between the lots. But guardrails can be helpful in other parking lot situations:

  • Parking lots with varying heights or retaining walls
  • Situations where pedestrian walkways need to be separated from vehicle traffic
  • Outer walls on parking structures

Guardrails can be used for more than just parking lots or along roadsides. Warehouses that use forklifts and other heavy equipment find guardrails to be especially useful for keeping forklifts within their designated areas and for keeping employees safe.

Ask Our Experts

If you are interested in learning more about this solution or why an ornamental fence or guardrail might be what you’re looking for, contact Century Fence Company today. With over 100 years of experience in the commercial fencing industry, we can customize a solution to fit your needs. And with a salesforce throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota, we can come to you and get your project done correctly and quickly.

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