After two years of planning, research, and implementation, the Erie Canal Equipment Overlooks are complete with new interpretive exhibits. The interpretive panels are installed in Lockport, New York, along the Pendleton portion of the Erie Canalway Trail. This project serves to educate the community about the historic canal equipment on display and bring the history of the Erie Canal’s 1900s engineering to life.
“When this section of the trail was constructed in 2018-19, the engineer in charge, Ron Romance, had a vision to place barge canal equipment on several overlook areas along the trail. This canal equipment is over 100+ years old, but definitely not obsolete or outdated. All of it is still used today. The Pendleton section of the Erie Canalway Trail is used by more people than any other part of the 350-mile trail. Over 350,000 people per year travel along the path from Buffalo to Lockport. There could be nothing less than a stellar product used for this project.” –Sandy Guzzetti, Trail Keepers Team Leader, Erie Canalway Trail
For the Erie Canalway project, six Single Post Frameless exhibit bases were installed. They are simplistic, yet extremely sturdy, and fabricated using one center post. Pannier’s Frameless bases provide an alternate option for interpretive exhibits. Frameless bases offer a more streamlined option, while providing the same benefits as the classic exhibit bases.
“Pannier has produced some great signage for Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. I was impressed with the clarity and quality and didn’t want anything less. We took a lot of care into selecting a quality product and inserting it into an area where it will be for a very long time, and seen by many people.” –Sandy Guzzetti, Trail Keepers Team Leader, Erie Canalway Trail
Pannier’s Fiberglass Embedded panels come with a 10-year warranty for fading and delaminating, so you can ensure the graphics remain visible for the next generation. The Trail Keepers Team was diligent in designing a unified look for each interpretive panel, keeping an eye-catching, yet professional design. With the panels placed at an angle, they are approachable and easy to read. The panel corners are rounded for safety and aesthetics and a frameless base even allows panels to be cut-to-shape, if that is the desired design.
“There are several things that impressed me about Pannier, one being the responsiveness of every person and department that I needed to communicate with. I loved that we got hard copy full size mock ups of the signs. I’m very visual when proofing and this full size really helped me know if what we were putting on the sign was legible, clear, and accurate and the quality and color were right.” –Sandy Guzzetti, Trail Keepers Team Leader, Erie Canalway Trail
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