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Transformed Brewery Floors

When an abandoned Colorado Springs, Colo., elementary school needed a facelift, Tom Behunin and his eponymous construction company were ready to tackle the job of helping transform the nearly-century-old structure into a revamped, multi-use center complete with a unique anchor tenant.

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Three-Alarm Coating Emergency

Surface preparation is a vital part of all coatings jobs. Without a properly prepared surface, even the best coating system can and will fail. Industry veteran Pat Sicilia of Industrial Flooring Specialists has seen many jobs over the years where poor surface preparation has led to coatings failures, but one in particular stands out. Sicilia and his crew were recently called in to rescue the floor of a fire station in a major city in Florida.

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Mine Facility Floors: A Diamond in the Rough

Building a facility over a coal mine is tricky business, a balance of sorts. The facility must be very durable, since it is to be used 24 hours a day by hundreds of workers. But it will also have a shorter shelf life, which is dependent on the coal excavated from under ground. So the facility will shine bright for a few years and then burn out. It’s an odd balance, but it has been achieved in at least one mine facility in Western Pennsylvania. Arguably, without the use of epoxy on the floors, it wouldn’t have been possible.

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Bridge Work: Coatings Dive Deep

Until recently, The Lucius J. Kellam Jr. Bridge-Tunnel, more popularly known as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was also known as one of the “Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World,” joining the Golden Gate Bridge and the Panama Canal on the list of structural marvels. Although the “aging technology” has been replaced on the official list, the achievement behind it remains impressive: the location, daunting. This fact became immediately apparent to the coatings crew charged with repairing and recoating the bridge’s 54" (137.16cm) concrete piles after they were badly damaged by a run-away barge.

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Protecting The Iwo Jima Memorial

As the fall Ohio air turned crisp, a mural of five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima came to life decades and a world away from the famed Pacific battlefield. The mural, the dream and creation of artist Michael Sekletar, is the reproduction of Joe Rosenthal’s iconic World War II photograph on the side of an office building in downtown Amherst, Ohio.

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Second Lease on Life for Wastewater Treatment Plant

Located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, just east and across the river from uptown New Orleans, Louisiana’s Gretna Wastewater Treatment Plant has faithfully served its 18,500 residents and 900 businesses for 30 years. It has supported the city’s explosive growth and increased demands on municipal services over the last several years.

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Paper Mill Makeover: Epoxy Coatings for Clarifier

When the pulping process at a paper company that manufactures 345,000 metric tons of newsprint paper yearly for the United States and Europe encounters problems, an immediate solution must be found.

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The Chronicles of Sarnia: Wastewater and Coatings

The city of Sarnia, known for its petrochemical industry, is home to some 70,000 citizens in Ontario. With one wastewater treatment plant for this Canadian metropolis, it’s no wonder that the concrete on the secondary clarifiers at the Water Pollution Control Centre was pitted and deteriorating. The city decided to coat one of the four secondary tanks as a trial to see if the results were favorable.

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SPLAT! Expressing Creativity With Coatings

When a popular crafts material manufacturer decided to completely renovate its visitor center, one of the goals was to create a fun and innovative lobby and entranceway that would reflect the imaginative spirit of the attractions and interactive exhibits housed inside.

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Coatings Contribute to 1000+ Year Lifespan

How do you construct a concrete temple, walkway, and fountain to last 1000+ years and withstand a 10.0 earthquake outside of Los Angeles? Build to “the extreme,” as Innovative Painting & Waterproofing President Don Dancey described it.