A Rosie Outlook for a Penetron Shotcrete Success

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The five story brick row house housing Rosie's Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women in Boston, MA for the past 34 years, is given a second chance through a Penetron Admix Enhanced Shotcrete exterior protection system.

Since 1974, poor and homeless women have found an oasis of hope and nourishment at Rosie’s Place. In that time they have evolved from providing meals and shelter to creating permanent solutions through advocacy, education and affordable housing.

Many of the women Rosie's Place assists (ages 18-80) are working and in housing, however simply cannot make ends meet. While some are newly homeless, other women have been living on the streets for years. Approximately one-third of the guests at Rosie’s Place have children. Some of their guests are living with HIV/AIDS or tacking disabilities such as addiction or mental illnesses that prevent them from effectively integrating into society.

The mission of Rosie’s Place is to help women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives.

In 1977, Rosie's Place purchased its first building, a five story brick row house in Boston's South End. In 1984 a fire destroyed the top two floors of the building. Overtime, the rest of the building's brick facade began to suffer from the fire damage and during rainstorms, water that leaked through the facade began to damage the drywall and other interior finishes.

Rosie's Place contacted Xtreme Shotcrete for a solution. Xtreme's prior experience with using the Penetron Admix Enhanced Shotcrete system on both residential and marine projects was very successful that they proposed a 2 to 2.5 inch thick application to guarantee a complete waterproofing and protection system for the building. As Rosie's Place is considered a historical building, the historical commission wanted to ensure that the period look of the building's facade was maintained. To achieve this, Xtreme included a brick red color to the shotcrete mix as well and a textured shot finish (no trowelling, brooming or any kind of manual texturing was required) that completely satisfied the commission's needs.

"Penetron got its start in the late 1970's, at about the same time as the Rosie's Place program, and in that time we have been part of many large and high profile projects," said Christopher Chen, Director of North American Sales and Marketing for ICS Penetron International. "The PAES system has been used on huge building foundations, mines and vehicular tunnels running through mountains, however it is the smaller projects such as these where we can clearly see the human connection between what we do and the good that can come of it. It is our honor to have been connected, even in this small way, to the Rosie's Place program and we wish them continued success and growth in their fight to aid women in need."

ICS Penetron International, Ltd., is a leading manufacturer of integral crystalline waterproofing and repair products for concrete with a manufacturing and service network that spans more than 60 countries. For more information on Penetron products, please visit our website at http://www.penetron.com or contact Ann Martucci at 631-941-9700 or email at info(at)penetron(dot)com

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