Town of Stony Plain partner with FortisAlberta to wrap utility switching cubicles
FortisAlberta’s switching cubicles are big, medium-green boxes that house necessary electrical equipment. This often makes them attractive targets for vandalism and they are sometimes spray-painted with offensive or criminal messages. Local law enforcement and municipal officials often notify FortisAlberta of vandalism and request that the boxes be repainted.
For the past few years, FortisAlberta has applied decorative shrink-wrap covers on the boxes in nature-themed designs making them just busy enough to be visually appealing and much harder to vandalize. These wraps are also easily wiped clean if they are painted. The Town of Stony Plain approached FortisAlberta’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, Nicky Smith to have images featuring the Town’s attractions applied to the boxes as a way to promote local tourism.
Stony Plain Mayor William Choy says, “We just love the wraps. They’ve only been up a few weeks and residents are noticing them. What’s really exciting is we were able to promote local imagery of some of Stony Plain’s gems. One more example of why the Town is so unique.”
Join the Mayor, Council members, Town staff, and FortisAlberta for a photo-op Wednesday September 30th at 2 PM in front of the electrical box (image of graffiti art taken from the skate board park) along highway 779 and just south of 55th avenue near the Good Samaritan Society building. Mayor Choy will announce a fun social media photo contest that’ll encourage residents and tourists to get out and explore these wrapped boxes. Up for grabs is a chance to win a framed mural print worth $160 along with some cool swag from FortisAlberta.
While the Town chose to feature local attractions, FortisAlberta partnered with Alberta Parks and Recreation in 2014 to feature their images of Alberta’s Parks. These images are featured throughout the rest of FortisAlberta’s service area. In total, FortisAlberta now has approximately 300 wraps in over 50 of the 200 communities they serve.
The wraps have a life expectancy of 10 or more years.
FortisAlberta owns and operates more than 120,000 kilometres of distribution power line and serve more than half a million customers across Alberta.
For more information,contact:
Nicky Smith, Stakeholder Relations Manager (780) 544-3307
Mona Bartsoff, FortisAlberta Corporate Communications, (403) 514-4596
Stephanie Barsby Boisvert, Corporate Communications Officer (780) 963-8606
Town of Stony Plain