Four years ago Tempool was hired to plaster the fountain at The Haskell Company’s corporate headquarters in Riverside. The Haskell Company is one of the biggest players in commercial construction in Jacksonville if not the biggest. They build everything from college dorms to hospitals and just about everything in between. When they won the bid to redesign and construct the new river walk on Jacksonville’s Southbank of the St. Johns River, they also had to figure out how to reincorporate the iconic statue of a WW II Naval Seaman. The original statue was perched on top of a set of wooden benches.
Haskell decided to create a fountain with a cascading waterfall, and place the statue in the center. The design called for a circular concrete structure with a spill over. To match the bronze statue, they would need to plaster the concrete with a smooth dark colored finish. Tempool Inc was called in to consult on potential finishes as well as to handle the application of plaster and tile. The decision was made to use a a dark polished marble finish with blue glass.
The location of the fountain presented some logistical challenges for us. We wouldn’t have the luxury of driving one of our pump rigs to the job site. Instead we towed a stand alone mixer and parked it behind Riveplace Tower. From there we had to transport the plaster in wheel barrows over the new concrete riverwalk to the fountain. We finished plastering the fountain right before the rains came, and polished it the following day. The Haskell Company is very happy with our work, and the new Riverwalk is now open to the public.
For more information on the Riverwalk check out this article from Channel 4.