JUST TOO COOL: Acuity Flagpole Project

This is very cool.  I must go see this soon.  The Acuity Flagpole Project.

It has pendula inside! It has its own internal climate!

Standing 400 feet tall, the new Acuity Insurance Flagpole is the tallest flagpole in North America (#tallestUSflag). Located on the Acuity Insurance headquarters campus in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, along Interstate 43 between Milwaukee and Green Bay, the pole supports a 60-foot-wide by 120-foot-long American flag. Located at the base of the flagpole is a brick paver patio featuring the names of Sheboygan County residents killed in active duty.

Flagpole Facts:

  • 400-foot flagpole weighs approximately 420,000 pounds
  • There are two versions of the 60- by 120-foot flag:
  • - 220 pound flag is flown during normal conditions
  • - 350 pound flag is flown during harsher weather
  • Each star is 3 feet high and each stripe is 4 1/2 feet wide
  • 680 cubic yards of concrete used in foundation
  • Over 500 gallons of paint cover the pole
  • 11-foot diameter at base tapers to 5 1/2-foot diameter at top
  • Three pendulum-style tuned mass dampers reduce movement and vibration
  • Designed to withstand a low temperature of -42°F

For more videos, images, and information visit the Acuity Flagpole project page.

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3 Responses to JUST TOO COOL: Acuity Flagpole Project

  1. Waiting for a busload of nuns to come and complain about this on environmental and homophobic grounds.

  2. Patrick says:

    I recently moved from Sheboygan – this flag is apparently really impressive in person. Go Acuity! To any potential Wisconsin visitors – go for the flag, stay for the PIZZA. Sheboygan of all places has the best authentic Italian-style pizza I’ve ever encountered on this side of the Atlantic. Find Il Ritrovo downtown, order whatever, and be amazed. My wife and I had our rehearsal dinner at the cafe next door – it was outrageously tasty. They made our cake, too.

    The thing we miss most about Wisconsin is definitely the food.

  3. JeremyB says:

    Just switched to Acuity a few months ago. I’m glad to see that my premium is going toward something worthwhile.