Memorial Building, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, Massachusetts

The Problem

Architectural Resources Cambridge (ARC) hired local contractor, O’Connels and Sons as the General Contractor for this historic renovation. The Memorial Building was opened in 1952 to honor alumni of Deerfield who gave their lives in World War II and was being renovated to house a concert hall, art gallery, and acting lab, as well as a modernized recording studio. Another goal was to achieve better building efficiency–enough to achieve a LEED rating.

The client needed a product that would remain in place over time. The fire protective coating had to be durable but yet light enough to prevent the insulation from sagging or tearing in years to come.

While the project was confined in a combustable sealed space, there were miles of heavy cables for theater lighting, sound systems, and computer wires. There would be technicians in the area doing cable maintenance and the coating had to with stand abrasive actions.

The Solution

FlameOFF® Coatings, Inc. was selected due to the ease of a Third Party requirement from the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). The third party testing documents were sent over for the evaluation which resulted in a Stamped and Sign letter by a engineering firm. FlameOFF® Coatings, Inc. took the project a step further and took a section off of the roof and had it tested so proper documentation could be given to all parties involved.

The fire protective coating was applied while the mechanical workers were in the same areas doing work. There were multiple trades in the area doing anything from finishing work to wiring and well as adding the required sprinkler system. Since the fire protective coating is Zero VOC. All trades could continue their daily activities. The intumescent coating would dry within 2 hours so the trades could work in a area that was just painted without getting paint all over their equipment and materials.

This historic renovation was a flagship for Deerfield Academy due to the rich history of the project. FlameOFF® Coatings, Inc. was honored and proud to work with all three local firms to have a successful project.

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