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NOV 2018

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58 NOVEMBER 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM a better assembly; they paid for the upgrade." With all their ducks in a row, it was time to bring in the application experts. With no fewer than 12 Excellence in Construction (aka Eagle) Awards from Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC), the Orlando-based crew from Exterior Walls, Inc. (EWI) was ready to rise to the challenges. For one: ƒe weather in Florida could be a bear. According to EWI's Director of Operations Ivan Moreno, the superintendent on this job, Jose Idrovo, kept track of the constantly changing weather using an app on his smart phone. "He watches the weather report really closely, and a lot of times, he' ll decide to stop putting Œnish on at 11 in the morning 'cause he knows that at 2 or 3 o'clock, it's gonna rain." Another of Idrovo's strategies included moving up the day's start time to get in as much work as possible before an impending rainstorm hit in the afternoon. "ƒis has been a tough year for us; we've gotten a lot of rain," Moreno said of the weather. And, as he succinctly explained about the weather, "It's important." Idrovo has proven to be important on other aspects of this and every other EWI job that he's a part of. "I think we have one of the best superintendents probably in a good part of the United States, at least in Florida, working for us because he knows the EIFS very well," Moreno boasted. "He's a good leader with all of my plasterers — all the plasterers have a good work ethic because of him. ƒey get there early, they're organized, they're very responsible, and it's mainly because of him; because he's their leader." Many of the EWI crew on this job have been with the company for 15+ years, and Idrovo has been there for at least 20. "We've created a pretty good team of EIFS applicators, and the quality of our work is pretty well known around Florida with a lot of the GCs that do this type of buildings," Moreno said. ƒey're deŒnitely doing something right! Building Envelope EWI started with ~10 mils (254.0 microns) of Sto Corp.'s Gold Coat and polystyrene boards adhered with BTS Plus. The crew leveled the boards using rasping tools, which meant containing any foam debris up top and down below. The crew again used BTS Plus to embed fiberglass mesh before troweling on Stolit finish in charcoal, gray, and off-white in a medium sand texture.

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