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NOV 2018

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CONCRETE BUILDING ENVELOPE ACRYLIC S Feature 56 NOVEMBER 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM BY STEPHANIE MARIE CHIZIK PHOTOS COURTESY EXTERIOR WALLS, INC. AND STO CORP. Liquid Barriers Envelope Downtown Skyscraper S mack dab in the middle of downtown Orlando, Florida, due west of one of the city's executive airports, sits a new giant: the Modera Central Apartments. It's a brand new 22-story-tall apartment building that boasts luxury apartments, a pet spa, a yoga studio, and a •repit, to name a few of the amenities. It's an addition to the downtown skyline that was completed in early 2018 and opened to residents in late summer 2018, and it took a full seven months of work from the subcontractor working on the exterior •nish from Sto Corp. to get it done on time. Moving to EIFS To start, getting this exterior insulation and •nishing system (EIFS) on the job wasn't straightforward. Initially, Mill Creek Residential, the developer and general contractor (GC) for the project, planned to use a diŠerent kind of system on the build- ing's exterior. "Modera Central by Mill Creek Residential, in the heart of downtown Orlando, utilized the Sto EIFS system in lieu of a conventional stucco system for several easily justi- •able reasons," said Eric Brehm, VP of construction for north Florida for Mill Creek. "In our downtown location, logistics and schedule were a major challenge; utilizing an EIFS system solved these challenges. As owner and contractor of this development, the Sto single-source warranty covering the weather barrier through •nish systems provided extra security; the continuous insulation improved our energy e•ciency, and, in our opinion, the quality of •nish by far exceeds that of stucco. We also believe that our long-term maintenance cost will be reduced using the synthetic •nish in lieu of standard stucco acrylic or elastomeric paint applications that could experience e˜ores- cence on the darker colors or fade over time." Clark Larson, Sto's construction design manager on this project, said that the EIFS was more expensive than the stucco. A lthough clients don't usually want to pay more, he said this " is Exterior Walls, Inc. (EWI) was on site to help finish a new 22-story building in Orlando, Florida. The crew was installing an air/moisture barrier as part of a system to 200,000 square feet (18,580.6 m 2 ).

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