Iowa Scenic Byways

Parks & Recreation, Case Studies

Location: Iowa
Designers: NEIA RC&D, with Iowa League of RC&D’s, NRCS, Iowa DNR, Scenic Byway Board, County Conservation Boards, and EQIP.
Fabricators (Custom Pedestals): Barking Dog Exhibits

Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development (NEIA RC&D) was asked to join a collective effort to create 25 interpretive systems along 10 of Iowa’s Scenic Byways. These interpretive systems would provide information on Iowa’s conservation systems used by agricultural producers throughout the state. A diverse range of topics would need to be conveyed within a cohesive and harmonious design that could compliment an equally diverse environment including many rural sites.

Custom Pedestals, made from weathering steel, featured 15 different themed cutout arched tops fabricated by Barking Dog Exhibits. With such a unique base, these interpretive systems would require something equally unique to convey the message. iZone’s Custom High Pressure Laminate (CHPL) solution was chosen for its durability, flexibility, quality, aesthetics, cost-efficiency and 10-year warranty. The half-inch thick exterior CHPL panels allowed NEIA RC&D to provide graphically detailed, high-resolution, durable interpretive systems that would withstand Iowa’s climate and not require framing. iZone was also able to meet their tight timeline requirements.