Project Spotlight: Sierra Structures Trash Enclosure for PNC Bank

Trex Fencing Enclosure for PNC Bank Creedmoor Branch Site Improvement

The PNC Bank sign in Creedmoor, NCIn summer 2019, Sierra Structures of Durham, North Carolina contracted to perform a site improvement for a PNC Bank branch in nearby Creedmoor. The bank needed a trash enclosure to secure and hide the exposed dumpster from view. Previously, the dumpster sat prominently in the bank’s parking lot.

Dumpsters are necessary features for commercial spaces where employees and customers use facilities on a daily basis. While they are essential, most property owners prefer to keep trash containers hidden from view. The PNC Bank branch in Creedmoor, North Carolina is located on a small plot of land that is situated in such a way that the dumpster had to be placed in plain view of the entry to the parking lot. Rather than simply leaving the trash container in the open, the property owner decided to pour a concrete pad and placed an enclosure on it using Trex Fencing and gate materials. This freed up parking spaces and obscured dumpster from view.

A picture of the PNC Bank Creedmoor branch parking lot before a Trex Fencing trash enclosure was installed. The dumpster is sitting in the open.

The dumpster in the bank’s parking lot prior to the installation of the enclosure.

A picture of the Trex Seclusions fence and gates built for a trash enclosure at the PNC Bank branch in Creedmoor, North Carolina.

The completed Trex fencing and gates trash enclosure by Sierra Structures 

Download 12×12 Trex Trash Enclosure Drawing

Trex trash enclosures have several advantages. The Trex Seclusions vertical configuration and Trex with Horizons horizontal configuration contribute as design elements, turning a typically unattractive area into a pleasing feature.  Trex provides a value engineering alternative to finished masonry. Besides the initial outlay for a masonry wall, Trex is also significantly less expensive to repair than masonry and can be fixed quickly without the need for specialized equipment. Since Trex does not require painting or staining and it will not rot, it is the logical alternative to wood fence and gate options. Commercial property owners do not want to deal with ongoing costs for maintenance. With Trex, the trash enclosure will typically be an installation that does not require attention for years.

The trash enclosure made from Trex composite fencing. The Seclusions style fence was used to hide the dumpster on the PNC Bank's property in Creedmoor, North Carolina

Creedmoor, North Carolina

A view of the town water tower in Creedmoor, North Carolina.The beautiful Woodland Brown color and the natural look of Trex fencing complement the attractive brick building that houses the bank. Trex lends itself well to the quaint, small town appeal of Creedmoor, integrating into the community the look of a natural landscaped feature rather than the  harsh, industrial appearance of a block or cement wall. Although PVC vinyl fences also do not require painting and staining, they are lightweight and more susceptible to damage. Trex fencing has substantially greater durability due to thicker materials and stronger components such as the engineered bottom rail and interlocking pickets.

The attractive surroundings of Creedmoor, a small historically rich town located in Gransville County, are full of tree-lined streets and rolling hills. The city was established officially over 100 years ago and was important in the railroad, tobacco, and mule trading industries. Creedmoor is located just north of Raleigh and is part of the area in North Carolina commonly called The Triangle. The beautiful Falls Lake State Recreational Area provides a pleasant drive up to Creedmoor from the Raleigh-Durham metro area. 

A shoreline view of Falls Lake in North Carolina.

About Sierra Structures

A logo for Sierra Structures fences and decks of Durham, North CarolinaSierra Structures is a fence and deck installation company formed in 1991. The company installs both residential and commercial fences and decks, and has installed several Trex fences throughout the Raleigh-Durham area. Sierra Structures is located at 917 Ellis Road Durham, NC 27703. If you are looking for a reliable, experienced installer for your own Trex Fencing project, contact Sierra Structures for support. If you have inquiries about the product itself, please call us for more details: 877-700-8739.

 

Project Spotlight – Parkway Overlook Apartments (Washington DC)

 LOCATION DETAILS

Property Name: Parkway Overlook Apartments

Address: 2841 Robinson Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020

Owner and Client: District of Columbia Housing Authority

PROJECT BACKGROUND

The Parkway Overlook Apartments project is a rehabilitation initiative of an abandoned garden apartments complex in Southeast Washington, DC’s Congress Heights neighborhood. The site is located just three miles from the U.S. Capitol across the Anocostia River.  Site reclamation converted the property into 220 units of affordable housing consisting of 1-2-3 bedroom units. Workforce development training programs were implemented to provide onsite support for residents. Solar power systems were installed which will provide up to 30% of the energy needed for the facility.  For more information about the project, read the press release from the Washington, DC mayor’s office.

TREX FENCING INSTALLATION

Trex Fencing is used throughout the seven acre Parkway Overlook Apartments project in applications for trash enclosures, group condenser and HVAC equipment enclosures. Trex Fencing was selected specifically because the architect felt the unique board-on-board characteristics of Seclusions contributed to the site design. The fence was used to surround three sides of the enclosures but left open in the front for easy access and to avoid a sense of the large enclosures appearing closed-off. The architect wanted a small amount of transparency, so the fence was designed for such by cutting alternating pickets near the top to provide a gap. Horizontal rails ran below the semi-transparent top as a way to give the enclosures a finished look to the open feel. This solution provided relative ease of construction and limited costs.

The adaptability of Trex Fencing makes it a perfect solution for trash enclosures or HVAC enclosures. Even tall dumpsters or HVAC equipment can be hidden from view behind a Trex fence since the structures can be adapted to various heights. The sturdy, dense posts can be installed directly into the ground or on top of concrete pads sleeved over post mounts. With a 5/8″ thick wall, Trex posts are designed for standalone support up to eight feet tall.

Like the Parkway Overlook Apartments complex, every housing site has trash collection locations and utility equipment. While necessary for living spaces, these site features are typically unattractive. Dumpster enclosures provide obscurity to hide unsightly trash receptacles and HVAC enclosures block noisy equipment. The aesthetic improvement a Trex fence can provide extends beyond the functional benefit of heavier, more industrial structures such as block walls. Both serve to provide durable enclosures, but Trex fencing is a softer, more natural barrier and provides a value engineering option to finished, textured walls. Trex fences are easier to repair and adapt, and gates can be constructed with Trex Fencing components ensuring a matching design throughout.

PROJECT ARCHITECT

EDG of Bethesda, Maryland was selected as the project architect. The firm provides comprehensive design and production services in the DC Metro area. For more information on the firm’s work on the Parkway Overlook Apartments and the use of Trex fencing in this project, please contact the project architect.

Tim Powell RA, LEED AP

3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 110
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-654-0058

www.edgarchitects.net

ABOUT TREX FENCING FOR COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS

Trex fencing is a composite fence system designed to provide full or partial privacy with durable, low-maintenance materials. Available in vertical or horizontal picket orientations, the fence is versatile; it can be stepped or sloped and built up to 12′ tall. Since the early 1990’s, Trex has led the outdoor building materials industry in composite products, providing innovative, environmentally responsible solutions for commercial building projects. For more information on how Trex Fencing can be used for your projects, please contact our corporate offices as 877-700-8739 or [email protected]

Want more information about Trex for commercial applications?

Drawing of Commercial Trex Fence Panel

Download a FREE
architect’s report.

Need to speak with one of our fence experts?

1-877-700-8739
CALL US NOW for technical advice

Trex Fencing for Tall Enclosures and Perimeters

A Tall Trex Perimeter Fence for a Utility Enclosure in Mendocino California.

Commercial projects typically use masonry or chain link for dumpster enclosures or perimeters that require fencing over 8 ft. tall. Wood fencing at that height isn’t practical because it is too tall for wood posts and maintenance is even more challenging than it is for more common 6 ft. or 8 ft. heights. Vinyl fencing is lightweight and more appropriate for 6 ft. tall residential applications.

Trex fencing was originally introduced for the residential market but its unique attributes quickly became an effective option for commercial properties that require sight obstruction, security, and a softer, more natural look. This is particularly true for commercial properties that back up to residential or public spaces that require a non-industrial appearance. Schools, hospitals, and design-focused retail stores turn to Trex fencing for a functional yet aesthetically-pleasing solution.

Contact one of our technical experts
877-700-8739
or fill out contact form for email requests
Visit our technical support page for drawings and specifications

In its standard configuration, Trex fencing immediately meets the needs of a 6 ft. or 8 ft. tall fence. However, many properties have taller HVAC or electrical equipment.  It isn’t just for the security of the equipment behind an enclosure. A Trex fence offers an attractive face to hide equipment that has to be located in a highly visible area.

Masonry gives a heavy, imposing look to a space. People identify masonry walls with functionality but not beauty. Even textured or brick walls give the impression that whatever may be on the other side is big, expensive, or dangerous. While that may be true, a tall fence still meets the typical requirements of blocking intruders and obscuring equipment that is behind it, but it does so without acting as a formidable structure.  From an installation standpoint, a tall masonry wall requires a substantial footer which not only increases material costs, it can have a big impact on landscaping and underground utility placement.

A 10 foot tall Trex Fence around a utility equipment at a private health care facility near Atlanta Georgia. The fence completely blocks the view of the equipment from the outside thereby providing security.

Chain link is less obtrusive but is not a design-oriented solution. Chain link is primarily associated with perimeter fencing where cost is the primary factor for choosing it. Even with privacy slats, chain link does not offer full sight obstruction and it it has a highly commercial appearance. 

FDS Fence Distributors developed a solution approximately 10 years ago for tall fencing as an alternative to masonry or privacy chain link. The creation of Trex fencing was conceived as a merger of aesthetics and functionality. To meet the rigors of a tall fence for enclosures and perimeters, Trex was enhanced by using heavy duty steel post stiffeners and mid-rails. With this configuration, Trex fencing can be built to 12 ft. heights (and even more with alternatives to the Trex fencing post). That’s typically sufficient to enclose most commercial buildings’ HVAC and electrical equipment.

A list of Trex Fence benefits that are important for architects to evaluate when deciding if Trex is the right solution for their projects.

The fence was developed to provide architects and designers the ability to provide an attractive yet durable alternative to masonry and achieve a low-maintenance objective. Trex is a manufactured fence system with enough history to demonstrate its performance. The composite material has been in consistent use for over 25 years and the material density and thickness has been proven for years, giving the fence the strength that lighter products do not have.

For locations that do not retain property management services or do not have personnel on hand to maintain the fence, this can be an ongoing challenge for enclosures and perimeters. A Trex fence does not need to be painted or stained and it will not rot so property owners have the ability to eliminate ongoing costs for maintenance. 

Trex fencing does not require specialty skills or equipment that other products require. That means the overall cost for a tall Trex fence is typically lower than a masonry wall with an engineered footer. Additionally, in a commercial setting damage is sometimes inevitable, particularly if there are moving vehicles around close by. Should damage occur, repairing a Trex fence may only take a few hours and may not incur the heavy costs associated with dismantling an entire masonry wall and rebuilding it. Trex fencing is built in sections so an isolated impact could be limited to replacing a few pickets. Even a damaged post may only require removing the Trex composite, cutting and welding a new steel post stiffener and sleeving the composite post back over it.

Commercial projects increasingly rely on Trex products to provide a compatible look. Some of our most common clients are schools, universities, and hospitals since most of them maintain large HVAC or electrical equipment. With high human traffic around the area of an enclosure or a highly visible perimeter, a Trex fence gives off the appearance of an attractive, natural-looking product, while also providing full privacy.

The following gallery and accompanying presentation document provide a visual sampling of Trex Fencing installations in tall configuration. 

If your project requires LEED points, Trex can help. As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Trex is committed to sustainable products and manufacturing processes. Trex can contribute up to five points. For more information, read about Trex’s Eco-friendly Fencing or call 877-700-8739. 

Download Trex Commercial Fence – Tall Fences presentation.

 

A 16' tall fence screen made from Trex horizontal fence boards at a Skatetown facility in California.