Kirkland, Washington (PRWEB) July 17, 2014
Washington Commercial Painters, (WCP) a Seattle area-based painting contractor, was the recent recipient of an Excellence in Construction Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. for their extraordinary transformation of the 90,000 square foot Seattle Coast Guard facility.
The facility located on the Seattle waterfront at pier 36 was in desperate need of cleaning and restoration, with concerns about potential health risks to Coast Guard members due to the building’s condition. Built in 1943, the building is home to the Coast Guard's administrative offices, armory, and gym, and contains a soaring metal-trussed ceiling sloping upward to clerestory windows, portions of which had become covered with layers of dust and pigeon guano. Exacerbating WCP’s task of cleaning and painting the facility were the presence of asbestos ceiling tiles, flaking lead paint on the steel trusses and siding, and maintaining a safe work environment for its own workers and the Coast Guard members occupying the building.
Washington Commercial Painters readily accepted the challenges of the project. Says Washington Commercial Painters founder John Noble, “We were excited by the unique challenges of this job. We were confident our experience and commitment to safety would result in a clean and revitalized facility for Seattle Coast Guard.”
To accomplish this complex job, WCP first created platforms to reach the upper portions of the building, and then encapsulated each area as a Class 1 and Class 2 hazardous zone. The containment was accomplished using 9 mm thick shrink wrap to seal the areas, and then negative air pressure was used to prevent the escape of any contaminate particles. Safety-suited WCP workers then broom cleaned the asbestos ceiling tiles and coated them with a multi-surface acrylic paint. To protect the ceiling tiles when sandblasting the nearby trusses, rigid cardboard sheets sealed with duct tape were used to cover the ceiling tiles to prevent their disruption.
To clean and rid the structure of the flaking hazardous lead paint, WCP sand blasted the areas using an additive to stabilize the lead paint to ensure its classification as non-hazardous waste. 176 tons of materials, along with 2,812 pieces of cardboard, were taken to a recycling facility during the project. The project took over 11 months and 11,225 man-hours to complete. In total, 3,275 gallons of new industrial surface acrylic coating were applied. Says John Nobles, “We are very proud of the Excellence in Construction Award. Despite the challenges of the work environment and lengthy job, we were pleased to complete the project with a perfect safety record and deliver a bright, clean, and safe environment for the men and women of the Seattle Coast Guard.”
About Washington Commercial Painters:
Based on a tradition of quality craftsmanship and commitment to service, Washington Commercial Painters provides quality painting services. As part of our organizational goal to be the key creator of quality environments in the United States, we partnered with Turman Commercial Painters and established Oregon Commercial Painters. Through these affiliations, our organization provides an array of first class commercial painting services across the Nation.
For more information see: http://www.wa-cp.com.