When the Town of Anthony, Texas, needed an affordable and innovative sign welcoming visitors, they reached out to PSC for the solution.

The town wanted to use a cost-effective new technology to create a visual piece of engineering that would spell out the town’s name in 8-foot-tall letters. The monument letters are made with an innovative polystyrene and concrete technology that originates from a local business.

They are durable, look like concrete, can withstand 100-mile-per-hour winds and weigh less than 70 pounds. The town leaders wanted it to stand up to the prevailing high winds that sweep across West Texas.

Mark Sanchez, a Principal at PSC, was happy to make a difference for the town.

“Because they’ve been a long-term client since the early ‘70s, and we have a lot of capabilities, we were able to help them,” he said.

PSC not only offers architecture and engineering for such high-profile projects as runways, landfills, pipelines, and treatment plants, but it also supplies structural design for buildings. John Pass, PE, one of PSC’s senior structural engineers, said it was intriguing to do something unusual for the town. PSC built a lasting framework for each 3-to-4-foot-wide letter, back the 2-foot-thick letters with steel, and have them all embedded in concrete. Each letter is about 60-to-70 pounds and can be lifted by two men versus a crane for concrete or steel block letters.

In two weeks, John Pass and the contractor, Starrfoam, built an innovative, high-wind-proof centerpiece for the town of Anthony at half the cost. Many of their hours were pro-bono, and a local business donated some materials as a good-neighbor outreach to the town.

“It was a very cost-effective solution to provide a durable piece of infrastructure,” Sanchez said. “It’s recognition for the town.”