Maintenance Committee: Coach Lamp Project Update

Coach lamps mounted on wooden posts or attached to walls and pilasters are used throughout NSCA for illumination in park areas. In addition, coach lamps are used for street illumination for the Garden homes and on Nauticus and Mercator Isle. Street lighting for the rest of NSCA uses mushroom lights.
Last year the Board of Directors approved a NSCA Coach Light Replacement Project. This project uses a four-phase plan to replace the wooden posts, metal and glass fixtures and light bulbs used in almost 500 coach light locations. The project objectives are to reduce maintenance and electricity costs while maintaining the familiar coach light esthetics.
The selection of the new components was the result of an extensive study by the Maintenance Committee. Equally important was the partitioning of the materials ordering, construction and installation activities into phases. These phases are designed to accommodate the limited storage space available in the maintenance facility as well as the use of our small maintenance staff instead of contractor labor.
Phase 1 addresses replacement of almost 90 deteriorating wooden posts with composite material poles and top-mounted brass fixtures. These poles require reinforced concrete bases, and contractors are used for the associated construction and installation. The Maintenance Committee has organized the work into clusters to facilitate the work. To date, 12 new coach lights are installed and operating.
Phases 2, 3, and 4 replace about 400 fixtures in walland pilaster-mounted installations throughout the garden homes. NSCA maintenance staff will do these installations. Phase 2 uses 18-inch fixtures to replace one hundred fixtures at street entrance pilasters. Phase 3 uses 25-inch fixtures to replace one hundred and fifty lamps mounted on home walls and plasters, and Phase 4 uses 25-inch fixtures for the remaining 140 installations.

The schedule for start/completion of the individual phases is:
Phase 1 Estimated completion in June 2016
Phase 2 Estimated start: April 2016. Estimated completion: August 2016
Phase 3 Estimated start: September 2016.Estimated completion: February 2017
Phase 4 Estimated start: March 2017. Estimated completion: August 2017
—Bob Gregg

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