:: FRI / INSTALL article in Floor Covering Weekly
FRI / INSTALL article in Floor Covering Weekly
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INSTALLnetwork joins forces to solve installation challenge for casino project
The International Standards and Training Alliance (INSTALL) is an alliance of more than 50 mills, manufacturers, contractors and the floor covering arm of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC). That network is put to into play every day throughout North America. Here’s the latest example:
Project: The Water Club, a signature hotel by Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa set to open later this year in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Flooring installation includes 30 floors of guest rooms, a two-floor spa, corridors, suites, meeting rooms, and more. Products include exotic hardwood, resilient, and Wilton woven carpet.
INSTALL Contractor: Floor Resources, Inc. of Pleasantville, New Jersey
Alliance Members: Impax Technology Group, makers of the Kool-Glide System and ARDEX
Challenge #1: “The specified method for the woven carpet was hand-sewing, but with the amount of borders and inserts and the layout, it proved to be quite a challenge in terms of keeping the project on time,” said Christopher Gill, vice president of Floor Resources.
Action: Gill’s INSTALL representative knew of success that endorsing partner Impax Technology Group had with its Kool-Glide system on woven carpet. Kool-Glide is a carpet seaming tool that uses a radio-frequency that works from the surfaces of the carpet and activates the tape on the bottom side of the carpet. Kool-Glide introduces no heat into the system, except for the tape, which eliminates the smoke and smell. The system is therefore conducive for woven carpet. Gill got a quick sign-off from the project engineer and project owner to use Kool-Glide and worked with UBC instructors to get his crews certified on the Kool-Glide system.
Result: Floor Resources crews completed 30 feet of seaming every seven minutes, compared to hand-sewing that same 30 feet over the course of an hour.
Challenge #2: The building’s meeting rooms feature glass enclosures with finished millwork walls, surrounded by marble and tile. The escalators are set at certain heights, but all of the elevations didn’t match. “They were supposed to go underneath the window wall, but the slab was either right at the bottom of the window wall, or it had two-inches of plastic shims propping it up on the other side,” Gill explained.
Action: ARDEX provided on-site technical assistance for Floor Resources, which is a factory-trained ARDEX LevelMaster installer (ARDEX LevelMaster installers are a national group of installation professionals endorsed and supported by ARDEX Engineered Cements, which provides technical assistance for substrate preparation, installation services and flooring solutions).
Result: More than 600 bags of ARDEX K 15 Self-Leveling Flooring Underlayment were pumped onto the problem area and a level floor was established.
Analysis: “This was a perfect storm of collaboration,” said INSTALL Director John McGrath. “The UBC’s training, and INSTALL’s partner network allowed this contractor to get solutions to issues that could’ve derailed this project,” said INSTALL Director John McGrath.