Mar 26

Case Study Of Building A Skateboard Park Located In A 120 Mhp Typhoon Wind Zone

By Kimberly Quang

A skate park in Guam needed a new light system. They initially contacted RLLD through our international phone number. To help save them money on international calls, we were able to immediately begin protecting their budget by working out most of the details on this project through email correspondence.

The client faced a number of challenges due to both the geography of their location and the design of the skate park itself. Lighting was severely limited due to the skating areas basic bowl-like design. Lighting levels varied extremely in different elevations, and some areas toward the bottom were even covered in shadow.

Additionally, the skate park faced another challenge as a result of their location in a typhoon zone. Guam lies in a 120 MHP wind zone, which limits the height of lighting pole options they could choose from. A new system had to be developed that could evenly distribute light throughout the skate park without using poles that would become unstable in the high winds of a Pacific typhoon.

Design Considerations

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Our work consisted of determining a number of key factors relative to equipment recommendations that would ultimately address each of these concerns. We had to use fixtures with superior forward throw capability which could be tilted in a manner so as to deliver luminance at all elevations in the skate park. Light fixtures had to chosen that had the proper wattage and reflector types to deliver a 30 FT candle distribution throughout the facility. We had to determine the wattage of the luminaires we would ultimately recommend to the client, and then factor in pole height versus the limitation of wind zone safety requirements. Determining these factors, and the actual number of skate park light fixtures we would need to ship to the client, required the use of our photometric design software.

Photometric Analysis Software Helped Us Develop A Custom Skate Park Lighting System Unique To This Challenging Environment

We were fortunate to be working with a client that had already taken photometric readings and itemized the dimensions of the park. We then entered this data into our design program and generated a series of drawings and schematics that helped us select new skate park lights with a remarkable degree of precision. The first thing we created was a 3D CAD file that allowed us to render an exact model of the park, specify the desired lighting levels at varying elevations within the bowl, and manipulate foot candles and luminance angles accordingly. This data was then interpreted into scientific/numeric formulas which told us exactly how many fixtures to use, what wattage to select, and what angles of incidence to direct the light into the skate park.

Final System Proposed

The system RLLD finally proposed to the client was Spartan in both size and delivery power. The new system rested on six 25 round tapered poles that we galvanized to protect them against salt air. Since we needed a bit more height than 25 to place the luminaires at just the right position, we worked around the limitations of the wind zone by installing the skate park light poles on rugged 3 concrete bases which elevated the fixtures to exactly the right height.

We chose shoebox, sharp cutoff fixtures because of their remarkably streamlined design which minimizes wind drag. These fixtures were then tilted at 20 degrees and arranged in a 90 degree pattern from one another. The luminaires themselves contained 1000W lamps and were fitted with reflectors to throw as much light into the skate park as possible.

Expeditious Shipping Was Provided To The Client

Because this was an offshore job that required reliable and expeditious shipping, we actually arranged for a two-part process to make certain the skate park received its new lighting system with the least amount of wait-time. The products were all made in Texas, and then shipped by ground freight to California, where they were then loaded onto a ship and taken to Guam. We coordinated the ground and ocean freight all on behalf of the client and completed everything from order to delivery in only 1 months time.

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Oct 17

Top 8 Tips To Creating Great Business Cards

By Tim Clark

A business card is an important tool to help market your services. It’s more than just a placeholder for your phone number and company name. It’s a way to make it easier for potential clients to find your business, refer you to others, to remember you, and to recall what you do.

1. Be Clear: Let them know what you do! If it’s not clear from the company name, include a tag line underneath to show what your company can do for them.

2. Use the Tag Line: Call out your company’s benefits. Don’t list your services. Look through the yellow pages for your ad — all your competitors do the same things as you, so list what you can do for clients (Lowest prices, Fastest Turnaround, Highest Quality!)

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3. Use Both Sides: Double your real estate on the card by printing on the back. It costs more but it’s a greater chance you’ll be remembered. List more service qualities, list testimonials, or list your company’s mission statement.

4. Consider a Folding Card: You can have business cards made up that will fold open giving you an instant brochure. You’ll be able to provide more information that will hit home all the advantages your business provides.

5. Be Imaginative: Consider fun colors and interesting shapes. It doesn’t have to be a black and white card. Colors might help you stand out when the potential client is digging through her purse, looking for your card. Also, think about having your business card be cut into the shape of a hammer, a drill, a screwdriver – just don’t make them too large.

6. Easy to Read, Easy to See: Your contact information should not be small or be hidden. It should stand out and be easy to find. Include everything you can: phone, email, website, cell phone, address.

7. Branding: Make sure your business card has the same logo, colors, design, and font that you use on your website, on your magnetic signs on your trucks, and on signs outside your business. A consistent look and feel will keep your images branded and memorable.

8. Keep It Handy: While it’s not a tip to help you make a business card — it’s important. Always have cards out, ready to go, if anyone asks. It lets them know you’re professional and organized. And it’s much better than writing out your company name on a cocktail napkin…

About the Author: Timothy Clark is the Marketing Director for

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Jul 17

How You Can Use Scarves Like A Star

By Jeff T.

Normal folks could think that scarves are only supposed to be donned by super stars and models. Nonetheless, this may not be their way of pondering. This may really inspire folks to think out of the box and test with fresh looks. For girls, why not consider making use of one as a belt? This creative appearance can definitely be a head-turner for gentlemen around.

You’ve perhaps gone through magazine spreads and wondered how you could pull of the appearance super stars possess so easily. From their fashionable sunglasses to their slim jeans and dazzling suits; we can never seem to get enough of their fantastic looks. One of the most desired looks fashion-forward folks have been showing off involves wearing scarves. Emma Watson, who plays Hermione in the Harry Potter series was found at the LAX Airport wearing a fashionable black one combined with a tan leather jacket. We can clearly see that super stars have turned scarves into an essential item that makes a plain closet transform into something fashionable and fashionable.

On the other hand, Mandy Moore was wearing an exotic-looking one that appears tie-dyed. Both Mandy and Julia were seen through the day showing off their wonderful appearance. Nonetheless, there were also other super stars who were found wearing one at night. Elisha Cuthbert, the celebrity of “The Girl Next Door” was found wearing a beautiful silk black one corresponding with a crimson red top.

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Isla Fischer the celebrity of the movie, “Confessions of a Shopaholic” was also found coming to LAX with her daughter wearing a blue one with black designs. Moreover, Katie Holmes was seen by photographers leaving her Manhattan apartment wearing a white cashmere one with a white shirt and a grey jacket. This simple yet stylish appearance can be donned through an informal afternoon out in the town.

If you think that only girls can pull of wearing scarves, think again because male super stars are using it to the next level by wearing them in fashion. Most gentlemen could think specific models of gentlemen are the only ones who can pull them off. Nonetheless, in the event that A-list celebrities can sport them and look like a million dollars, this presents you every explanation to possess it.

One male superstar who normally sports one is no other than Brad Pitt himself. Be it a red carpet celebration or an informal afternoon out with his children, Brad Pitt has been found wearing a gray cashmere scarf. It could seem like a substantial style risk to sport one in the middle of the summer.

And concerning gentlemen, they can apply these as a style item by also working with it as a belt or even tucking it in the back pocket of their jeans. It’s simply all about being creative and using your creativity. For as long as you feel confident and relaxed, by all means, do not be reluctant.

Nonetheless, with a bit self confidence and a gung-ho attitude, any man can pull this appearance off and turn out giving the impression of a model from a high-fashion periodical. An additional familiar superstar that understands find out how to sport one with fashion is Adrian Grenier, the celebrity of the hit show, “Entourage.” He was found out in the town one night on his way to Crown Bar wearing a tan and light brown one. For the longest time, scarves have only been donned in winter season and official events. Nonetheless, recently, super stars have been wearing these as a fashionable style item.

About the Author: Not just ordinary people really like scarves, but also superstars like all styles of scarves, such as

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