Offshore Spars was presented the Michigan Governors Historic Preservation Award today for our part in the refurbishment of fifty seven 1910 era wooden light poles in Detroit’s historic Indian Village neighborhood.The unique project showcases one of Offshore Spars many talents and was truly enjoyable to work on. As a collaboration of neighborhood, city, and a handful of private companies we achieved something great which will last for many more years to come! Thank you to the Governor and the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office for recognizing us at the Capitol building today.
The official press release is as follows…
“You may take streetlights for granted because they’re utilitarian, but they are important to the character of a historic neighborhood. Having been installed in 1910, the ones in Detroit’s Indian Village neighborhood were original and in desperate need of repair.
The Indian Village Historical Collections partnered with the city and others in Lighting the Future by Preserving the Past, a project to rehabilitate 57 original streetlights in the historic neighborhood. Each of the streetlights were removed, disassembled, inspected, prepped, repainted and reinstalled with new infrastructure and LED luminaires. None of the people involved had experience rehabilitating streetlights, so they did the research and testing necessary to do the job right. Indian Village residents helped raise funds. Today the lights are once again illuminating the sidewalks and streets of the Indian Village neighborhood.
On May 3, the SHPO will present Indian Village Historical Collections, City of Detroit,The Public Lighting Authority of Detroit, DTE Energy, Offshore Spars, SS Stripping/CDS Performance Coatings, Corby Energy Services, and the Consulting Engineering Associates and Wade Trim Joint Venture with a 2016 Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation for the Indian Village Historic Streetlight Rehabilitation Project.”