Cleveland Public Square

Southern Aquatics Inc. recently finished an interactive fountain in Cleveland Public Square, Cleveland Ohio.

The need for the newly renovated square stemmed in part by the Republican National Convention, which was held just steps away on July 18. Also the city has been making efforts to improve parks throughout, resulting in Cleveland being more inviting and enjoyable for its residents.

Prior to the Republican Convention in July, which proved to be a tumultuous and a historical event (Featured below), there was a grand opening event at the end of June.

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Cleveland Public Square, During Republican National Convention


During the opening ceremony, construction and contributing personal were graciously thanked for their efforts, along with several private and public donors that made the $53 million project possible. The event consisted of the Shaw High School Marching Band, Cleveland Caviler Cheerleaders, street performers, children playing in the fountain, other live music, and a collection of onlookers enjoying the festivities.

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Grand Opening of Cleveland Public Square, Shaw Marching Band in Background













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Cleveland Public Square, Street Performer


Anthony Coyne, chairman of the nonprofit, city-county Group Plan Commission, which oversaw the project, and spoke at the event, says this is just an introduction to future events and city activities that they have planed for the Public Square.

Coyne also said, “People are going to love the square and will enjoy seeing it connected.”

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Park Van Ness Fountain Project in Washington D.C.

Southern Aquatics Inc is near the completion of project Park Van Ness in Washington D.C.


Park Van Ness is a 271-unit residential project with approximately 9,000 square feet of street-level retail, below street-level structured parking, and amenities including a community room, landscaped courtyards, a fitness room and a rooftop pool and deck.


Park Van Ness’s courtyard consists of two large architectural fountains constructed by Southern Aquatics, Inc accompanied by two large art fixtures with a patina effect anchored above creating a dramatic entry point to the complex.


Each black granite fountain has 2 jets, and16 bronze spout details creating the effect seen in the picture. The lighting consists of all LED white light, 6 free standing lights, and 10 niche lights in each fountain. Lining the inside of the fountain is 1 by 1 inch black tile to compliment the classic look of dark granite and white light.


The General Contractor for the entire complex was Clark Construction LLC. With the Park Van Ness turn-key fountains almost complete we would like to thank Clark and Park Van Ness for the opportunity to come together on this amazing project.

Custom Fountain Construction

Here at SAI Fountains we provide complete service work for every client from the start of a project and beyond. Our industry leading fountain designs and intelligent budget planning put our clients at ease. We know our client’s time is valuable, so we’ll never start a project until we have provided our clients with clear expectations of cost and time.

Custom lighting:
For over 10 years we have created a reputation of excellency, and earned a reputation of quality. With our cutting edge lighting technologies we are able to transform a beautiful fountain into a memorable landmark.

SAI Fountains works with the Nation’s top fountain technology providers to build industry leading, cutting edge interactive fountains. Our fountains can interact with bystanders, sway to the sound of music and even change colors. Our programmable fountains allow our clients to customize the fountain any way they choose.



Proven track record
SAI Fountains has constructed over a hundred commercial water features all over the United States. Our strong focus on quality workmanship, professionalism and teamwork has made us a trusted authority in the industry.

Turnkey installation:
We believe in keeping things simple and easy. That is why we offer Turnkey construction for our fountains. We’ll take care of all the grunt work and let you enjoy the fruits of your new fountain. We take care of the installation, the subcontractors and all the materials, so you don’t have to worry.

Quality parts:
We work with exclusively with the industries top materials to provide you the best, long lasting fountains. We also make sure to maintain your fountain with the same, top quality components and parts so you can rest assured you are getting the you had since day one.



Certified staff:
SAI Fountains spends countless hours each year training and certifying all our employees in the latest safety regulations and codes. Also, all our equipment operators have the necessary certifications and all our supervisors are OSHA certified. –

Commitment to excellence: We always set the right expectation and has made us a trusted name for over 10 years. Contact us today for more information, questions or comments.

Fort Benning Gateway

The Fort Benning Gateway in Columbus, Ga., was designed to honor the men and women serving at one of the largest military facilities in the nation, including members of the infantry, who have called Fort Benning their home since 1940, as well as the U.S. Army Armor School, which has been located at the base since 2010.

The project sits at the entrance to the base and the design draws extensively from military thematic elements, including replicas of famous statues. Honoring the infantry is an 8-ft-tall bronze replica of the “Follow Me” statue—depicting Iron Mike charging forward.

Also standing 8 ft tall, the 10,000-lb replica of Frederick Remington’s “Trooper of the Plains” salutes the U.S. Army Armor School. Sculpted out of bronze in Colorado, both statues were placed atop 50-ft-tall precast towers comprised of four columns and precast concrete banding.

As visitors exit Fort Benning, they are bid farewell by a pair of 8-ft-tall bald eagles, also sculpted of bronze.

The project was constructed within the interchange of Victory Drive and Interstate 185, and included a bridge enhancement and corresponding landscaping. Architectural elements were included to hide the existing bridges while four precast towers were located at each corner of the bridge.

Construction within the 56-acre project also included two grand fountain plazas that stretch along each side of the highway. The plazas feature 20 fountains that shoot water 20 ft into the air, surrounded by 20 illuminated American flags.

Despite being the largest project ever to be constructed over a major freeway in Georgia, crews never required traffic to stop completely throughout the duration of construction. Extensive traffic and safety planning guided the project to completion without a single injury or incident to any of the project’s workers or to the thousands of motorists passing by every day.

Crews even placed four heavy precast spandrel beams while a pace car slowed traffic just enough so installers could secure the beams before traffic was released back to full speed.

Fountain Square

Construction On Fountain Square Will Commence Next Week

Construction of the Fountain Square Beautification Project will begin December 28. The date was set Tuesday afternoon during a pre-construction conference. Pulaski Fiscal Court earlier Tuesday authorized signing of a contract with HIl-Don Inc., Burkesville, as general contractor for the project. The contract amount is $760,665.39.

The contract allows 150 days for completion of the project, meaning it will be sometime in June before the public will have access to the renovated square. Traffic will move normally around the Fountain Square area during the construction period. Russell Sitter, designer of the fountain, said most of the work around the square will be boring beneath the streets.

Sitter gushes when he talks about the new fountain. He said it will be classical and unique. The water will jut 18 feet into the air from 15 nozzles. At night, the fountain will be illuminated with 19 lights.

The original fountain had only one nozzle. Later, during the 1970s, four additional nozzles were added. Renovation of Fountain Square will be done with an $800,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant and $200,000 in-kind contribution by Pulaski County government.

Tiffany Bourne, community development director for Pulaski County, wrote the grant application five years ago and it was approved.

M2D Design Group and Bell Engineering, architects for the project, say the renovated square will be an open plaza space that will be a focal point and an inviting gathering place. Steps and surrounding walls will provide a variety of informal seating.

Center of the square will be a circular plaza of concrete paving and brick pavers. Memorial bricks will be located in paver bands. The square renovation is designed to be cohesive with and complement the plaza at Pulaski Court of Justice.

The statue of the late Senator and Ambassador John Sherman Cooper will be relocated to face south, toward First and Farmers National Bank. There will be space for another statue.

A simple landscape of lawn, evergreen shrubs, grasses and trees will create a low maintenance frame for the plaza. Six of the existing cherry trees will be preserved. Concrete planters will provide opportunities for seasonal color.

New stamped crosswalks will provide more safe pedestrian crossings directly to Fountain Square. A raised island with a roll curb and stamped concrete will be a pedestrian refuge at East Mt. Vernon Street.

New striping and arrows will help direct traffic through the square. Signage will be consolidated and relocated on mast arms.
By: BILL MARDIS, Editor Emeritus, Commonwealth Journal