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Kansas Statehouse

The Kansas statehouse in Topeka, Kan., recently underwent a nearly $330 million restoration, including a $34 million masonry restoration. Photo by Architectural Fotographics/Treanor Architects

The Kansas statehouse in Topeka, Kan., is boasting a bright and shiny new exterior, thanks to a massive restoration project that began about 13 years ago.

The nearly $330 million project was divvied out into 29 separate bid packages, and two of those involved removing stains from the building’s multiple substrates, and were carried out by Treanor Architects, with offices in Kansas, Missouri and Texas.

Julia Mathias Manglitz, preservation architect at the firm, helped oversee the four-year, $34 million masonry restoration that began in 2008.

On the building’s exterior, they used PROSOCO’s Enviro Klean® SafRestorer® on metallic staining on the structure’s granite and limestone, and ReVive (formerly BioWash®) and ReKlaim Cleaner (formerly BioKlean) on biological stains on the limestone.

PROSOCO’s Conservare® OH100 was also used on the statehouse.

Measuring psi

Applicators measured psi when using PROSOCO’s ReKlaim Cleaner (formerly BioKlean) to ensure the product was not applied at a psi greater than 800. Photo by Mike Dickey

Why were so many PROSOCO products considered for this tough job?

The firm had previously worked with and specified PROSOCO formulas, and Mathias Manglitz said they’d “always had good product support on PROSOCO products.”

The firm conducted preconstruction testing with three to four different manufacturers’ products.

Of those contenders, “PROSOCO seemed to have the best suite of products to work with the different things we had to deal with, primarily biological staining, but also copper and rust staining,” she added. “We did have to specify other products because it was publicly bid, but the restoration contractor (Mark 1 Restoration) out of Chicago also had a comfort level with PROSOCO and a history of having used their products.”

Kansas statehouse masonry restoration

The project called for PROSOCO’s Enviro Klean® SafRestorer® on metallic staining on the structure’s granite and limestone, and ReVive (formerly BioWash®) and ReKlaim Cleaner (formerly BioKlean) on biological stains on the limestone. Photo by Mike Dickey

Mark 1 Restoration completed its own round of testing and confirmed its decision to use PROSOCO’s products on the project.

The final, completed product wowed visitors during a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this month. The Kansas statehouse will take the spotlight again on Jan. 29, as part of activities planned to celebrate the anniversary of Kansas’ admission to the Union.

As for Mathias Manglitz?

“It’s a pretty special (project),” she says. “We’re really proud of it.”

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PROSOCO R-GUARD® products helped the house on Old Hopkins Road in Clarksville, Md., become pre-certified by the Passive House Institute.

PROSOCO R-GUARD® products helped the house on Old Hopkins Road in Clarksville, Md., become pre-certified by the Passive House Institute.
Photo by Demian Weaver

We hear more and more examples every day of how our products are helping contractors, homeowners and architects achieve extreme energy-efficient standards defined by groups like Passive House, Living Building Challenge and LEED.

The most recent example is a house on Old Hopkins Road in Clarksville, Md. Homeowner Edward Gaddy set out to build a house meeting the performance standards of all three of those entities for his own personal pursuit. When it’s completed (Gaddy says he hopes this will happen around mid-April of this year), Gaddy will live in the house himself.

Gaddy is extremely pleased with the performance of PROSOCO R-GUARD® products used on the home, including FastFlash®, Joint & Seam Filler, Cat 5 and AirDam, as well as the assistance he received from Demian Weaver, PROSOCO sales manager for the Mid-Atlantic region.

Those products helped the project become pre-certified by the Passive House Institute, and the other certifications are pending, Gaddy adds.

Others involved in the project are:

  • Maryland Custom Builders
  • Miche Booz Architects
  • Peter Doo and Ryan Montoni (Living Building Challenge consultants)
  • Michael Hindle (Passive House consultant)

Read more about the Old Hopkins Road house on Gaddy’s blog.

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On a 2-acre lot in Chester County, Pa., Jerome Lisuzzo endeavors to build a house to Passive House standards, and he’s blogging about it from start to finish.

In an investigation to determine the best product to flash windows to Passive House standards of air-tightness, Lisuzzo put to test PROSOCO’s R-GUARD® FastFlash® system against two competitive products, Tremco’s ExoAir Duo Membrane and Tremco’s Exo Air Trio.

His results favored PROSOCO’s FastFlash® products in a landslide.

While the competitive products were difficult to apply and would cost up to $1800 to cover all the house’s windows, the FastFlash® system (consisting of Joint & Seam Filler, FastFlash® and AirDam) was “bullet-proof,” Lisuzzo wrote in his blog. “It interplays well with the Zip System sheathing, and should serve us well.”

The best part? It only cost an estimated $500 to cover installation of all 19 of the project’s windows.

Read more about Lisuzzo’s project.

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