The historic building had been in use as a family law firm since 1906. When residential units were to be installed upstairs, the law firm faced a problem. An increased fire rating requirement was going to force the building owner to hang two layers of 5/8" Type X Gypsum board on the ceiling, requiring the office to shut down and vacate for the duration of the project. This would also result in the loss of the beautiful antique tin ceiling, which was in keeping with the historic building and the 1906 law books on the shelf. The law firm went back three generations, so the original character and appearance was important to preserve!
The client wanted a product that could be applied quickly, with little lingering odor, so as not to affect their workflow and lessen the impact on their clients in office. It was also important that the product be aesthetically pleasing and cost effective.
The architectural firm tasked with this project spent days reviewing alternative solutions, including a number of intumescent paints. When they came upon FlameOFF Coatings Fire Barrier Paint, they were impressed with the level of testing. The product is 3rd Party Listed, IBC/NFPA code compliant, and tested in accordance with ASTM E119/UL263 and ISO 834 standards. ISO standards ensure that products and services are safe, reliable, and of good quality. This information was presented to the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), and the project was approved within 30 minutes!
FlameOFF® Coatings, Inc. helped select the fireproofing contractor to ensure that a quality job would be done. The local vendor was able to take FlameOFF's on-line application course to ensure correct application. According to Steve Haas, the AHJ was at ease with the application guidance set forth by FlameOFF®. “The AHJ didn’t want just anyone with a paint sprayer to apply the coating. We needed to be sure it was correctly done.”
The application was completed during the night hours. Once everyone had left for the evening, the application crew was able to mask everything off, apply the product, and get out, allowing the office to reopen for regular business hours the following day!