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The city leaders in Fort Dodge, Iowa have been talking about installing gateway features to enhance downtown entry points to downtown since 2015. This year, ABCreative, along with Snyder & Associates and ICON Shelter Systems, helped to make this a reality for one of the entry points.

A Little Project History

Plans started much earlier than 2015. In 2010, Snyder & Associates was chosen to provide corridor studies, design and construction documents for the award-winning Fort Dodge Cross-Town Connector. Completed in 2016, this cross-town arterial roadway links downtown Fort Dodge with the eastern retail area near the Crossroads Mall. It was envisioned and developed as a “complete street,” accommodating pedestrian access as well as streetscape enhancements. Streetscape improvements included identifying potential tree planting locations, monument features, decorative lighting, and intersection enhancements.

One of the first enhancements the city requested was a clock tower in the centerpiece of the roundabout at First Avenue South and 12th Street. Corridor and streetscape enhancements, such as the Fort Dodge Clock Tower, are an integral component of livable communities.

“The clock tower is the visual focal point of the roundabout, adding interest to the corridor. As a contemporary gateway feature, it also helps establish a sense of place and identity that’s unique to Fort Dodge.” – Tim West, PLA, LEED AP, Landscape Architect, Snyder & Associates.

Clock Tower by ICON Shelter Systems

ABCreative consultant, Larry Rife, working with Snyder & Associates, looked at several renditions of the clock tower, including height requirements, shape, and style. The clock tower styles provided by ICON Shelter Systems and their ability to customize the tower to meet the city’s needs stood out, making them the chosen manufacturer.

The team found that it was a smooth process to construct the tower and it even went up faster than expected.

The final gateway feature for the roundabout at First Avenue South and 12th Street now includes a 32-foot tower standing on a three-foot masonry base making it a towering 35-feet tall.

The ABCreative Experience

“Larry’s customer service skills are outstanding. His enthusiasm and accessibility made this a great experience. It’s all about trust, so customer service is extremely important and Larry has that factor. We value relationships like these.” — Monte Appelgate, PLA, Landscape Architect, Snyder & Associates

This article has been reprinted with permission from ABCreative (July 20, 2017). Click here to view this article in its original format.