LATEST NEWS - DOUBLE AWARD WINNERS 2019
At the 2019 Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand, Cool Awnings were awarded not one, but TWO awards in the presentation of the annual awards for excellence.
Our team celebrated winning two awards at the 2019 Outdoor Fabric Products Association of NZ awards in Napier.
Rachel Burns from R & B Aluminium helps owners John and Kylie Glenn, celebrate the companies success.
Winners in Category One - Best Awning
Krispy Kreme, Auckland Central.
The curved end of the building made the project very complicated, but that was only the first part. We had to arrange double sided digitally printed fabric, so the dots on the top and the bottom lined up. The dots also had to run in a special pattern, so we had to figure out how to cover the frames to make sure the dots lined up correctly on the five frames that bolted together.
The customer was also arranging for lights and branding to be mounted after, and the frame had to be designed to hold these features.
The location was a busy weekday area, and so the installation had be completed out of hours, and due to the size and mounting height we had to have a large team onsite to get it done in the day.
The main awning was approximately 10 m across, and manufactured and installed in 5 individual pieces. Luckily we have space in our building to pre-assemble the awning to make sure it all came together nicely!
On the day, the main curved awning was part of the whole job which included replacing 4 other frames on either side of the building.
The frame on the day of our install before installation of the neon lights which lifted the job to the best level! We were happy to be part of the team bringing Krispy Kreme
to New Zealand.
Winners - Category two - Blinds and Screens,
Newmarket Train Station.
The customer wanted us to provide a solution for glare coming in from 6 large north facing windows at a busy public train station. The windows were on the first floor and while they were mounted within an aluminum frame we did not want to mount directly into them and risk breaking the large, 10mm thick panels of glass and due to the suspended ceilings we did not have easy access to install directly into the mullions. As there was no access to control the curtains by gearbox or spring, they had to be motorized, with control from the ticket office. We decided a wire guided system would work best and designed a channel to mount the curtains at the top, which sat over the mullions, which was preassembled to save time on the install. The ticket office within the busy train station was getting blasted by the mid to late afternoon sun. It was directly in their eyes while they were trying to serve customers and they were very uncomfortable. Auckland Transport contacted their glass contractor who were unable to directly provide a solution, and they approached us for options. We were able to provide them with a solution to block the worst of the glare.
As this installation was within the busy train station it had to be after 7pm and before 5am, Sunday to Thursday. There was also a lot of attention to the site so all the T’s had to be crossed and I’s dotted for health and safety.
The curtains were to be mounted 6m high, over the first floor glass. The thick existing glass panels were mounted into aluminum frames that were not attached at the top, only left and right, leaving a gap for us to try a new option for mounting – channels! We manufactured a channel to fit over the customer’s mullion, and onto this channel we had pre-installed the curtain to enable quicker installation. However, as the curtain was a motorized and was to be mounted on the inside of the train station windows they were very heavy. As we could not get a scissor lift high enough to mount from the inside, due to the suspended ceilings, the installers had to install them from the outside, and over the top of the mullion off of platform ladders. Our biggest concern was that they would drop the units over the top and onto the floor 6m below, so we had a support team working on the inside, and they were also responsible for doing the bottom fixings.
Access to the outside was via an extension ladder through a small “hatch” which measured approximately 600 x 1000mm, to a narrow ledge. In one direction was the glass wall and the other was a glass awning, and the ledge was only wide enough for the ladder. We had to pass the ladders and awnings up to the boys working in the area in backwards order, as there was no room to maneuver.
Health and safety of the public and our staff is our priority.
Our lead installers working on a narrow ledge on the outside of the train station building, supported by the team on the inside, working on a scissor lift.
Is it hometime yet? We finished this complicated installation in approximately 4 hours due to good planning and preparation in the factory.
In 2007 John and Kylie Glenn took over the business with the aim being to evolve and promote the company as Auckland’s ‘best’ awning supplier and manufacturer. In addition to the company’s database of residential and commercial customers, Cool Awnings also has a large number of trade contacts who purchase hardware and materials and on sell it throughout New Zealand.
Cool Awnings are currently preferred suppliers to several large Auckland retirement communities including Summerset Group, Eastcliffe on Orakei and Oceania Group. They are also preferred suppliers to many of Auckland's educational facilities such as Glendowie College and Primary Schools, Superkids and Lollipops and Bear Park, are recommended for awning repairs by Vero, IAG, Smartpak and NZI Insurance companies. If you are dining out in Auckland you may be sheltered from the sun and wind by a Cool Awnings awning or drop curtain one of our many restaurant customers, including The Conservatory, Sunset Restaurant, Safran Cafe, Mexican Cafe, and any of the Mexico Restaurants.
All of the products and services of Cool Awnings meet and exceed the markets requirements, they are the best quality available and are custom made to meet each individual clients needs. What our customers have to say about our products and services is always very good.