As one walks through Portrait Park at Mesa del Sol, you may notice what looks like a retaining wall of flagstone amalgamated with desert landscaping. A deeper look of the wall reveals names carefully engraved on various pieces of the wall flanking a piece that reads, “Founders Wall.” For someone unfamiliar with this project, it is important to explain what the “Founders Wall” represents and its significance to the community.
Franklin Giron, Project Engineering Technician of Mesa del Sol, gives us the story.
Question: Who thought of the idea of the “Founders Wall?”
Answer: It was thought of in a marketing/residential meeting to spark interest in home buying and as a means to acknowledge those who became pioneers in the Mesa del Sol residential development. We leaned toward the adventurous nature of a buyer to be a part of something new.
Question: Why was it implemented?
Answer: It was implemented as a kick off to Mesa del Sol’s residential program in helping generate interest in the project by offering something unique to the first 100 people that purchased a home. We also wanted to kick start the tight sense of community among residents by bringing them together.
Question: What does the Founders Wall symbolize for the community of Mesa del Sol?
Answer: It symbolizes our overall goal of closeness of the community, shared values of the residents and a strong foundation.
Question: How many names does it have right now?
Answer: The wall is about 50% full, with a large amount of names queued up for the next round of engravings.
Question: What is the process for getting one’s name engraved and how long does it take?
Answer: In order to have your name on the Founders Wall, you must be one of the first 100 residents to have purchased a home at Mesa del Sol. The engravings are done in bulk rounds. Once the residents provide us with approved copy we start production. The names can be up to, but not exceed 3 lines of 15 characters each including spaces.
Question: Who decides where the engraved names are placed?
Answer: It is a team collaboration between Mesa del Sol personnel and a professional we have engaged to assist us. In an effort to avoid having the wall resemble a memorial wall, it was decided to place the names and local imagery on the wall evenly yet artistically to create a fun focal point in our first neighborhood park, Portrait Park.
Question: Are there plans for expansion if it gets full?
Answer: There are no plans for expansion in keeping true to the intent of it being a Founders Wall.
For more information about the Founders Wall or to post a question that wasn’t addressed, please email Franklin Giron at firstname.lastname@example.org.