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MAY 2017

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Feature 44 MAY 2017 COATINGSPROMAG.COM Luxurious Hangar Floors Lift Private Miami Airport BY BEN DUBOSE PHOTOS COURTESY PPI EPOXY COATINGS, LLC F ontainebleau Aviation, a private air facility operator located at Opa-Locka Executive Airport near Miami, Florida, describes its brand as an embodiment of excitement, glamor, and service. More than 75 private jets are based at Fontainebleau Aviation, with users including C-level executives at Fortune 500 companies, major sports franchises, entertainers, and heads of state. So when the airport operator decided to expand with 70,000 square feet (6,503.2 m 2 ) of new space to build two connecting hangars, every detail had to be pristine to maintain the luxurious feel expected by its clientele. Fortunately for them, the owner of Orlando, Florida-based contractor PPI Epoxy Coatings LLC had a perfect plan in mind, along with a keen knowledge of the challenges associated with applying a flooring system in the Florida climate. "ese high-end showcase floor systems are difficult to install when it's hot and muggy," said Jim Cook, president and owner of PPI Epoxy Coatings. "And it was not at all a climate-controlled environment. We had to be extremely conscious of our mixing and how much we poured out and applied, and it just took a lot of effort from the whole team. Everything required a lot more consciousness and a lot more communication." Cook 's company bid on the Fontainebleau job was based on the advice of a general contractor at the facility. at contractor had seen a flooring system from coatings manufac- turer Flowcrete successfully installed at another project. From there, representatives from both PPI and Flowcrete assisted the general contractor with specifications for the Fontainebleau assignment. In particular, the client was most concerned with high moisture from the new concrete pour and any potential hydro- static pressure in the future, according to Cook. He estimated the flooring project would take at least six weeks to complete, given At the newly built hangars at Fountainebleau Aviation, timing was of the utmost impor tance. The 12-person crew from PPI Epoxy Coatings took 45 working days — and a little ingenuity — to complete the project. FLOOR EPOXY CONCRETE

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