Recently, we had the pleasure of installing a canopy for Robbins Property at the Nautica Apartments in St. Petersburg, FL. This particular awning offered some unique challenges as they wanted a seamless blend from a traditional fixed awning into a radius marquee awning and then back to a traditional awning. To further complicate the situation, the customer asked that we not install posts anywhere but the outer edges of the awning keeping the entrance way unobstructed. In order to accomplish this without sacrificing structural integrity, we added heavy duty support plates (pictured below) where the traditional awnings met the radius marquee in the center.
As you can see, they chose to powder coat the frame in a classy looking deep blue in order to match the dark blue Sunbrella fabric. Custom heat applied graphics were used to display their multi-color logo as well. The awning served its purpose of providing shade and rain protection to the complex's clubhouse. In my opinion it really transformed the look of the pool patio area as well. Here is a before and after picture so you can decide for yourself whether it made a difference or not.
A little while back we were privileged to work with the folks at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. They had two separate projects for us to tackle. The first of which was quite unique. They needed to provide rain and sun protection for a mobile MRI the hospital often employs. This mobile MRI is housed in a full size semi-truck with a ramp and stairs transporting the children to and from the truck. The challenge for us was to maintain clearance for the ramp all the while still providing adequate coverage from the elements. We decided to go with a radius marquee style awning for a little bit of architectural style. It really came out nice if I do say so myself.
Without the MRI Truck:
With the MRI Truck:
The second project was a covered walkway for the employee entrance. Again, we went with a radius marquee style for the walkway. This time with a tighter radius to fit the sidewalk. The blue vinyl fabric was a good backdrop for the custom graphics of the All Children's logo.
It is always nice to know that we are helping others, especially children in need in this case, with the products we fabricate.
Some time back we were contacted by Lou. Lou had a second home nearby our office in Florida, but his main residence and place of business was located in the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas to be precise. Lou was unable to find a quality awning manufacturer in the Virgin Islands or Caribbean, so he turned to West Cost Awnings in Clearwater, FL to solve his dilemma. After drawing the short straw, Rick boarded a plane for St. Thomas in order to perform an in depth field measure of Lou's restaurant, Tickles Dockside Pub. Lou was looking to catch the eye of the patrons on the many cruise ships making port at St. Thomas. In order to accomplish this, he decided to go with a custom lace-on canvas cover with thermally applied color graphics. This provided not only shade for his patrons at his restaurant, but also made the statement Lou was looking to make to those passing cruise ships. The reason for the lace-on cover was two-fold. First, the awning would be shipped in a freight container so it was imperative to keep the cover safe from any tears or scratches in transit. It was rolled and placed in a custom bag made to protect it on its voyage. The second reason for the lace-on cover was to provide Lou with the ability to remove the cover in the unfortunate occurence of heavy wind, or God forbid, a hurricane in the area. We Floridians can relate to that concern. After flying a 2 man installation crew down to St. Thomas, the awning fit perfectly and was installed in less than two days. All this after visiting the site one time to measure and plan.
Assembled at the shop to ensure a perfect fit:
Frames on the pub before the cover was installed:
Side view of the finished product:
Finished product from across the canal:
We worked with our friends at RCC & Associates to set The Pub apart from the other establishments on Bay Street at the International Mall in Tampa. The black, fire retardant fabric was the perfect back drop for the custom graphics on blade style awnings. It was a challenge working with the limited installation windows while the mall was closed to the public, but as always, we got the job done right. The installation team can always sleep on the weekends, right? You can check out the finished product in person while enjoying the atmosphere of The Pub, or take a look at the photos below.