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We’re very pleased to present our new logos for PROSOCO and our three sub-brands (Sure Klean®, Consolideck® and R-Guard). These logos were specially designed to represent you – our customer, us and the project. Independent research identified what PROSOCO does best — our second-to-none customer service and technical support. We’re here for our customers no matter what. We’ll go wherever the job takes us and put the success of your project above all else – even at the expense of our own profitability. That’s been our identity for 75 years and going strong, and that’s our promise to our customers.

Stay tuned for more pieces of our new brand as we roll them out in the upcoming weeks and months. You’ll see updated sales materials, print and digital ads, website, new container designs, a new trade show booth and more. Anywhere you normally see the PROSOCO brand, you’ll start to see our new and improved look.

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Polk County Courthouse, Des Moines, Iowa

Polk County Courthouse in the state capital of Des Moines, Iowa, was built in 1906 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo by Kevin Gwinn

As a college student 15 years ago, I got a job at a bustling coffee shop called Java Joe’s in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. The gig had its perks — like endless free coffee, and its drawbacks — like hauling overfull bags of wet grounds and other trash out to the alleyway dumpster every night. Thankfully, the clock tower of the nearby Polk County Courthouse illuminated the dark alley. It glowed like the moon on clear nights and always caught my eye as I lugged the trash out over my shoulder.

The courthouse has once again caught my attention. I recently received some photos of the historical limestone structure from PROSOCO rep Kevin Gwinn of Tri-G Products in Minnesota. Kevin had conducted a test panel on the building four years ago with PROSOCO’s Enviro Klean® ReKlaim. “There were five contractors there that day just to see how well it was going to clean,” Kevin recalled.

ReKlaim cleaned biological staining and pollutants off Des Moines' Polk County Courthouse in 2014.

A close-up reveals before-and-after images of an application of PROSOCO’s Enviro Klean® ReKlaim. Photo by Kevin Gwinn

They, including general contractor Forrest & Associate of Des Moines, were clearly sold. Years of biological stains and pollutants from downtown traffic had built up on the structure’s exterior, and ReKlaim got the nod to perform a restorative cleaning, along with sub-contractor Bob’s Sparkle Wash of Minnesota. Crews also used our Sure Klean® Limestone and Masonry Afterwash as a neutralizer.

The job is nearly complete, and Kevin says that the project’s architect — OPN Architects of Des Moines — is really pleased with the products’ performance.

Stay tuned for more on this job as I reach out to the architect and sub-contractor in the next week.

CNN profile the Bullitt CenterWe know, we know, we talk a lot about the Bullitt Center. We can’t help but be proud of this acclaimed Seattle project, dubbed the “world’s greenest commercial building” on which our R-GUARD and Consolideck® products were used.

But we’re not the only ones still basking in the feat of this net-zero energy building. CNN recently ran a video profile on it as well. In it, a CNN correspondent interviews Denis Hayes, the President and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, and goes behind the scenes, so to speak, to look at the functions of the building’s brain center, temperature controls and waste composting.

Denis says that some buildings endeavor to go green in one aspect — solar-paneled roofs, or resilient building materials (like PROSOCO’s R-GUARD and Consolideck® products), for instance. The Bullitt Center “did it all.”

“(Tenants) are becoming very aware of the fact that their employees are more productive when they’ve got access to fresh air and access to sunlight,” Denis says in the video.

When the correspondent says, “And yet, we’re standing on a floor that’s empty right now,” Denis responds: “But we’ve got a building that is 85% leased one year from the opening date in a market that’s got a surplus of office buildings. We think we’re doing okay. We are the first to have done something that is an essential part of the sustainable human future.”

Watch the CNN video in its entirety >>

That’s an often-heard mantra here at PROSOCO, particularly when it comes to our R-GUARD line of liquid-applied air- and water-resistive barrier products. We invest in high-tech equipment to measure our products’ performance in real-world weather conditions, not just industry standards.

So we were pleased to see this write-up by Alex Wilson, founder and executive editor of BuildingGreen LLC, who recently visited our Clackamas, Ore., facility to see a demonstration of our specialized test chambers that simulate actual weather conditions including wind, water and humidity, on wall assemblies and components.

Wilson describes the demo:

“I watched as the submarine-like glass doors of the large chamber were closed and the fury of wind and driving rain were cranked up on the controls. We could see on manometers just how much pressure the wall assembly was having to endure, and we could watch high-pressure nozzles spraying high-velocity streams of water at the assembly.

“The operator can turn a few dials and simulate 150 mph wind and driving rain, wreaking havoc on the wall assembly constituents.”

For more on our unique testing chambers, watch our test of a wall assembly to structural failure with winds at -200 mph.

San Ysidro Land Port of Entry

The use of multiple components on the exterior membrane made the air barrier leakage test a more exacting demand. Photo by Dane Olson, PROSOCO

PROSOCO helps world’s busiest land port achieve extreme energy efficiency

Each day, the equivalent population of a good-sized U.S. city (an estimated 102,000 people) travels through the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, the busiest land port in the world that processes pedestrians and vehicles passing the border between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.

Besides handling that immense volume of traffic, the facility also houses offices and operational space for employees who work at the port of entry.

In a joint project between the U.S. and Mexican governments, the entire facility is in the midst of a $625 million overhaul involving the expansion of vehicle lanes and inspection booths, the demolition of the old administrative building and new construction of a multi-story replacement, and more.

The new administrative building is about 200,000 square feet with three above-grade levels and one below-grade level.

The owner of the project, General Services Administration, called for a lofty ambition for this structure – net-zero energy, meaning the structure will supply as much power as it uses. Once completed, the port will be the first facility open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year to achieve this goal in the U.S.

The waterproofing portion of this massive project called for a high-performance air barrier, said Peter Spruance, AIA, architect at the Miller Hull Partnership, which designed the port-of-entry renovation.

That bid went to PROSOCO’s R-GUARD air and water-resistive barrier products, which are lab-tested to meet some of the industry’s most stringent environmental standards and metrics for energy performance. These products were used on another recent net-zero-energy, high-performance project – the Bullitt Center in Seattle. Continue Reading »

The following is a guest blog from PROSOCO’s Dwayne Fuhlhage, Sustainability and Environment Director:

It’s hard to believe that the Health Product Declaration (HPD) is only 18 months old! I’ve had a front row seat in this collaborative as a participant in the original HPD Format pilot and now as co-chair of the HPD Collaborative Manufacturers Advisory Panel. The publication of PROSOCO’s 11th LEED v4 ready HPD is an opportune time for me to reflect on how far the HPD format has come, and how far it has yet to go.

Lesson #1: The HPD open format is already transforming supply chain communications and the materials ecosystem.

Many of us guessed that change would come quickly, but did not anticipate the immediate response from the architectural design and specification community. To date, 26 firms have publicly requested HPDs as shown in the GreenWizard repository.

Manufacturers respond to that level of demand, and natural competitive forces kick in. The coating and caulking sealants industry sectors were already accustomed to avoiding chemicals listed under California Proposition 65. Disclosure of potentially problematic GreenScreen Benchmark 1 hazards is a strong driver toward selecting preferable alternatives.

PROSOCO has been here before with the Living Building Challenge, and removed phthalate plasticizers from our in-house building envelope products. By our estimate, we will have eliminated over 4 million pounds of phthalates from the materials ecosystem in the next four years. If competitors react with their own innovations, the ripple at the middle may become a huge wave at the edge of the sustainable construction product pool. Continue Reading »

As many PROSOCO staff members are gearing up for the International Living Future Institute’s Unconference this week, May 21-23, in Portland, Ore., we’re busy processing a buncLS-Declare-labelh of certifications and registrations that are relevant for the industry’s sustainable, resilient products crowd.

One of those we just got word on is the ILFI’s Declare label for our Consolideck® LS® lithium silicate concrete treatment. We’re extremely proud to say that this is the first-ever concrete finish to achieve this prestigious mark. Among other attributes, this third-party verification means that Consolideck® LS® is free of the Living Building Challenge v2.2 Red List chemicals of concern.

Consolideck® LS® and LS/CS® were also the first products to achieve third-party certification for indoor air quality performance by SCS Global Services, and they were the first concrete finishes to verify ingredient content through use of the Health Product Declaration open standard.

Since 2008, Consolideck® LS® and LS/CS® have been utilized to harden, dustproof, waterproof and beautify more than 400 million square feet of concrete floors.

Are you going to Living Future 2014 this week? Stop by the PROSOCO booth in the Plaza Foyer to learn more about our products and sustainability achievements, or read about our commitment to sustainability and transparency.

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