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MAR 2018

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COATINGSPRO MARCH 2018 49 explained. at was applied at 75‒80 square feet (7.0‒7.4 m²) per gallon (3.8 L) before yet again sanding and vacuuming. e crew performed any necessary touch-ups and then applied the same topcoat that they applied to the cementitious urethane: Armor Top satin with a nonslip aggregate at about 600 square feet (55.7 m²) per kit. Not only was timing on getting the flake embedded crucial, but so, too, was the timing on the final cure. Because the arena is a busy event space, building management was in constant communication with Frater about the schedule. A month or two in advance, they scheduled when the crew could come — a week here, a few days there — in between events. But even when events weren't going on, there was still a lot of coordination. At any given time, there were dozens of arena staff members on site working. "W hen the arena was 'down,' this was the time for them take advantage of that time both for the O.T.N. floor projects but also any construction, mainte- nance, or trade or concession contractors whose services may be needed," Frater explained. "So, at times, it could get hectic." In addition to that, though, no scheduled events also typically meant no heat or air conditioning. "We needed to control the arena's air temperature, humidity, and flooring surface temperature. is is why maintaining either the air conditioning or heat at a stable setting was important," Frater explained. But winters and summers in Baltimore have averages that can go as far south as 23.5 °F (-4.7 °C) in January and as far north as 87.2 °F (30.7 °C) in July. And if temperatures varied while the coatings were curing, the crew had to ask someone to turn on the air, which is a big expense for the arena. "Let's say today's Friday and we put the topcoat down today; well, we're hoping that this dries for the show that they have on Saturday. So if the temperatures aren't what they need to be — if they're a little colder or a little hotter — it could affect the drying time," Frater explained. "And it was that close of a schedule that a day would make a difference." Teamwork Makes the Dream Work Frater was quick to acknowledge that he and the rest of the team couldn't succeed alone on this ~109,970 square-foot (10,216.6 m²) project. ey had support from their Dur-A-Flex sales rep, Nick Reilly, who helped to match the system with the existing terrazzo floors and specify the two systems. He's also "made multiple trips out here, walking the project with me, making sure that there were no loose ends," Frater explained. And despite the fact that the arena's manager didn't contract all four floors at the same time, adding additional areas didn't cause any timing issues. "It was a lot of material coming in and out of the arena," Frater continued, but Dur-A-Flex ensured that enough material would always be on site. e O.T. Neighoff team also had support from their Sr. VP, Duffie Fernandes. He "was directly involved with all O.T.N. projects and supported me in efficiently managing and schedul- ing this large, complex project," Frater said. To top it all off, the client offered a helping hand, too. e people working at the arena went above and beyond for the O.T. crew. "e staff there was awesome, helping us unload trucks with forklifts and move materials and equipment around as we needed," Frater said. His theory as to why: "Everybody there seemed to really appreciate what we were doing, and they got into it as well. You know, you change somebody's work environ- ment, making it a more appealing atmosphere with facilities that are easier to maintain moving forward, it gives everybody a feel-good attitude," he said. at attitude spread far and wide on this project. e O.T. Neighoff crew members hail from the greater Baltimore area, so this is one of their home venues. "As our guys proceeded through this, everybody got a good feeling about where this was going and how it was changing the arena," Frater said. "And everybody felt good that when they bring their families there, they can feel proud of what they've done there." From client to contractor, everybody is simply floored! CP The crew broadcast nonslip into the topcoat. On the top three floors, they also broadcast a vinyl flake to rejection into both layers of the Dur-A-Glaze #4. This was the double broadcast system. "As our guys proceeded through this, everybody got a good feeling about where this was going and how it was changing the arena," said Raymond E. Frater, project manager and estimator for O.T. Neighoff. Concrete Coatings

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