In a city full of iconic landmarks, the Nashville International Airport adds to this list with the erection of an epic 40+ Ft. monument welcoming the 50,000 travelers who use this airport each day.
The monument displays Nashville’s three letter airport code, BNA (Berry Field Nashville) named for the airport’s first administrator Col Harry S Berry.
“As we celebrate a record-breaking fiscal year in 2022 with 18.4 million passengers, it’s important to have a front entrance that commands attention and welcomes our passengers every day,” said Doug Kreulen, president and CEO of BNA.
The monument will be lit at sunset every day, illuminating the entrance and shining bright with familiar blue and yellow brand colors.
The project was built on a hot-dip galvanized steel frame designed for a long life even while being exposed to the elements. Each of the 14’ tall letters on the frame were designed to be single-dip galvanized before being adorned with decorative steel panels. Hollow fabrications require small openings to ensure that all surfaces (internal and external) receive equal corrosion protection.
For this project the openings were precisely sized and located to help minimize drips and runs, thus producing a smooth, consistent HDG surface, essential for an aesthetically pleasing finish. The monument will be lit at sunset every day, illuminating the entrance to BNA with familiar the blue and yellow brand colors. On the back side of the monument, hinged access panels were installed to reach the internal components for inspections and repairs as needed.
In addition to the entrance monument, the airport plans to install smaller versions of the sign at other locations on the property. Thanks to the design team’s emphasis on the longevity and sustainability, hot-dip galvanizing was the optimum, maintenance free choice to protect this welcoming structure for decades to come.