In the summer of 2016, Coatings Consultant, Michael Woessner of Righter Group, Inc. was contacted by Ann Beha Architects in Boston to provide thermal bridging and high-performance coating solutions for the renovations and addition at Grossman Hall for Colby College. The project involved adding a 4,300-square-foot, two-story addition to the building and upgrading the existing 8,600 square feet into state-of-the-art administrative space. The center is designed to LEED specifications and is expected to become a destination for students on campus. Ann Beha Architects had worked with Righter Group and Tnemec Coatings on many projects over the years and were in need of a specialty, high-performance coatings to address thermal bridging and Architecturally Exposed Steel for the project.
For this project, a variety of Tnemec Coatings were used. The AESS utilized the Tnemec Series 394 PerimePrime primer applied in the steel fabricator’s shop. This unique primer can be used both in interior and exterior applications and is compatible with the fluid applied thermal break, fireproofing and high-performance finishes. The Series 971 Aerolon, an advanced generation fluid applied thermal break was used on all steel penetrations of the facility. The Tnemec Series 73 Endura-Shield, a high performance Aliphatic Acrylic Polyurethane and Series 1071V Fluoronar, an Advanced Thermoset Fluoropolymer finish coat was also utilized to provide the owner with unmatched color and gloss retention. These products were used as the finish coats over all the thermal breaks and exposed steel on the project. All materials that were selected were low VOC, low odor and LEED compliant.
Grossman Hall officially opened in the Fall of 2017.