Fairburn Memorial Plaza Pavilion

- Fairburn, GA -

The Assignment

The esteemed architectural firm, Historical Concepts, was tasked with the challenge of designing and building a pavilion in Fairburn Memorial Plaza, a gathering place for the community of Fairburn, Georgia, a neighborhood on the west side of Atlanta. The Pavilion would be a Neoclassical building of red brick with a stone pediment and matching cast stone columns. 

The Collaboration

DMG worked with HC’s President and Principal architect, Andrew Cogar, on the budget for the finish materials with DMG providing the masonry, trim and columns. Budget adherence was paramount on this civil project so Danny worked with his arsenal of vendors to specify materials that would achieve both the desired design aesthetic and the budget requirements. Andrew specified cast stone columns for continuity as many nearby buildings in the Fairburn Plaza area featured cast stone elements. 

The Challenge

All was set, until, Andrew received the shop drawing for the cast stone Doric columns flanking both the North and South elevations of the pavilion and discovered that they could not be fabricated as monolithic and, instead, would have several visible joints. To achieve his vision of columns that appeared to be made of one piece of stone, a creative alternative was needed – and fast! 

The Solution

Danny suggested using lightweight fiberglass columns and having DMG’s custom finishers apply a decorative finish to the columns to match the color and texture of the other cast stone being used on the structure. The custom finishers tested the finish on a sample of the fiberglass used for the columns to assure that the finish would adhere to the surface – a surface that would be outside and exposed to the elements. The schedule for this project was extremely tight, as well, so to solve this materials challenge, DMG had to work with the column manufacturer, installers and finishers deftly and swiftly. 

The Result

The inventive solution exceeded the expectations of the architect and was approved by the City of Fainburn. The columns looked monolithic and matched the cast stone pediment perfectly. Not only did Historical Concepts love the finished product, Danny and his network of vendors kept the project on schedule and the solution actually brought the project in under budget. Who doesn’t love that?!

The client needed a creative solution of the highest quality, delivered with speed. In providing just that, Danny knew that being resourceful and putting his clients’ needs above what is best for DMG, would produce a result that best served the project. Service, solutions and integrity keeps clients coming back to DMG.