Santa Fe College is one of the premier public colleges in the United States. Located in Gainesville Florida, it ranks first in Florida among public colleges in graduation rate and in the top 10 nationally in the number of associate degrees awarded in liberal arts. Santa Fe College enrolls nearly 24,000 degree-seeking students annually.
In 2014 the college decided to upgrade its presence with a new sign and clock tower. The west entrance sign is located just off I-75 at exit 390. At the corner of NW39th Ave and NW 91st Street a beautiful new sign was constructed. A unique aspect of this sign is the total use of concrete products, and involvement of many local suppliers. Elements include a poured concrete foundation, concrete masonry units, concrete caps, brick columns, precast beams, and natural fieldstone.
The location on the corner of 2 very busy streets posted many challenges including traffic and site set-up. Angled construction of the base with natural stone posed difficulties on inside and outside corners. Setting the precast involved the use of forklifts, slings, and accurate timing to avoid traffic congestion.
Santa Fe College has updated their campus with a new sign reflecting not only a wide range of masonry products, but also a wide range of local suppliers in the Gainesville area.
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