Park Shelter for the City of Waterloo, IA

March 26, 2018

The City of Waterloo, IA, acquired FEMA buy-out land next to the Cedar River and hired RITLAND+KUIPER Landscape Architects to develop a conceptual site plan for the area. The Sherwood Recreation Area and Hartman Reserve Expansion was a two-phase project where the second phase included the construction of a park along the river.

Part of constructing the park included having an area where people could come and enjoy the river; however, the problem was the river consistently flooded this area.

Shelter Designed to Withstand Flooding

ABcreative consultant, Larry Rife, was tasked with coming up with a shelter design that could overcome this flooding problem.

Previous shelters would get water in them with no way to escape. When winter arrived, the water would freeze busting the columns from the inside out.

To overcome this issue, Larry used an ICON Shelter system.

  • ICON’s powder coating system would be able to withstand the punishment that comes from the flooding and winter.
  • To guarantee there would be no issue, ABcreative tapped into ICON’s ability to use I-Beams as columns. Since these columns are not made of Tube Steel, there is no place for the water to get trapped.

In addition, the shelter roof needed to be kept out of the 100-year floodplain, which meant that the shelter needed to be 6-feet taller than a typical shelter. The shelter was built up at the base by using concrete footings (see photo below).

Using ICON’s ECoat/Powder Coating system that consists of dipping the steel in an epoxy (which completely coated it inside and out) then powder coating it, the city of Waterloo now has a shelter that will stand the test of time and continue to look sharp for years to come.

The ABcreative Experience

There were a lot of issues we had to deal with in this project – the high water table, 100-year floodplain, ensuring we had the proper footings. Larry stayed on top of the project, answering all of our questions and working with the ICON Shelters engineers. With his help, we now have a beautiful addition to the park system.

— Samantha Price, PLA, RITLAND+KUIPER Landscape Architect

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Some photos provided courtesy of RITLAND+KUIPER.


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