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Spring 2010
Volume 20
Inside this issue:
Westhaven
Iowa River Landing Development
Residential Fountains
Tucker Hill Fountain, McKinney, Texas
Spotlight on Purchasing

Fountains, Fountains, Fountains!

Westhaven
As the focal point of a New Urbanist landscape located on 1,500 acres near Franklin, Tennessee this period inspired fountain is truly grand in scale. Developer Southern Land Company worked closely with Robinson Iron to design the perfect centerpiece reminiscent of Forsythe Park Fountain in Savannah, Georgia. Their goal of creating a ...”true sense of place with a reawakened American hometown spirit”... consists of mixing residential, commercial and civic spaces side by side in the same development. Standing over twenty feet in height with bowl diameters of five feet and thirteen feet respectively the fountain is one of the largest cast by the foundry.

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Iowa River Landing Development
Coralville, Iowa located near Iowa City on the Iowa River will soon be known for more than great fishing. As part of an effort to bring more jobs and business to the area Coralville officials have tied together several projects into one ambitious achievement known as the Iowa River Landing Development. It consists of a Hotel/Conference Center, Environmental/Education Project, Intermodal Facility and Public Parkland. The grand entrance to it all is The Clock Tower Fountain.

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Residential Fountains

Instant living is something we associate with today's values, but it may interest you to know the Victorians were just as insistent on immediate gratification. The smaller residential fountains in Robinson Iron's collection were meant to be purchased as complete prefabricated packages. With their flat bottomed cast iron pools and multi-tiered fountains these features were most often purchased from catalogs. Upon arrival the pools were simply plopped down on a bed of gravel in the lawn and the fountain placed inside. The plumbing was hooked-up to an artesian well or windmill driven pump system and there you had it! What could be easier?

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Tucker Hill Fountain, McKinney, Texas
Everything’s just bigger in Texas!” If you’ve ever doubted this axiom then take a look at a new fountain commissioned for Southern Land Company’s latest venture in McKinney, Texas. This cast iron beauty has the largest circular fountain bowl created for a Robinson fountain. Its perfect proportions make it hard to identify as being that large until one spies something in the photo to bring it all down to scale. Standing almost 24 feet tall the fountain’s first tier measures 12 feet 3 inches in diameter!

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Spotlight on Purchasing

Every manufacturer has experienced a deadline that must be met. Schedules must be revised and materials ordered for delivery at just the right time. At Robinson Iron the “go-to guy” assisting each project manager is Dwayne Burton. As the Purchasing Manager for Robinson Iron, Dwayne encounters all sorts of challenges as he makes certain the specified number of castings, sizes of metal bar stock, fasteners and finishing materials are on-hand for the fabrication of each job. Fortunately a military background prepared him for this position. Dwayne served 13 years in the United States Army achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.       

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