Properties Magazine March 2017 : Page 75

Images courtesy of NCI Landscape Recreation Precast concrete products mix function, form & fun By Mark Watt | Images courtesy of NCI N orthwest Ohio-based Norwalk Concrete Industries (NCI) is a custom manufacturer of precast concrete products for a range of uses, from DOT and utility products to modular buildings and privacy/security walls. The company now fabricates a pair of outdoor recreational products designed simply for fun and games: precast tennis tables and disc golf course products. Both offerings are well-suited for a range of property types, including parks, resorts, outdoor employee break/ recreation areas, college campuses, military bases, school playgrounds and even back yards. Precast Concrete Table Tennis Tables Constructed of precast concrete with stainless steel nets, NCI’s highly durable ping pong tables are designed to encour-age users to slow down, hang out outside and play around. The weather-proof, maintenance-free tables are built to regu-lation size (9’ long by 5’ wide x 2.5’ high) and are installed in place with no on-site assembly required. “Table tennis is an activity that can be played by people of all ages and all skill levels,” says NCI president Jeff Malcolm, who notes that precast con-crete tennis tables have been popular in countries like Germany and China for decades. “The fun starts right away with the design stage and continues when the table makes its way into your community where friends and family members can enjoy decades of outdoor table tennis.” Disc Golf Courses One of NCI’s more recent innova-tions is its line of Precast Advantage Disc Golf course products. Similar to traditional golf, disc golf is played on a course with players throwing discs (think Frisbees) at “holes,” which are essentially metal poles with chains and baskets. NCI’s prefabricated golf course systems, easily installed in a single day, incorporate precast, portable tee boxes constructed of durable, long-lasting DOT-Spec concrete with a safe, slip-resistant surface and clear anti-graffiti coating. Additional features include custom concrete coloring and tee box/par numbering. The systems also include target foundations, which feature a cast-in-sleeve to match target posts, and can incorporate locking systems to discourage theft. P More information on both product lines is available at NCI’s website at 75

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