Archive for April, 2014

Methylene chloride control underway in CACalifornia has made a move to encourage alternative ingredients to three common products, one of them being paint strippers containing methylene chloride.

While this move will affect sales of those products in the state, the issue isn’t limited to California.

Far from it. Municipalities across the U.S. are restricting the use of methylene chloride as well, and often times, California is the catalyst of a nationwide trend. Because at PROSOCO, we value our customers and their companies’ success, we want to do everything we can to help customers understand what this means for them, and also raise awareness of the PROSOCO products available today that contain alternative chemicals.

Read our full story to learn:

  • What the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s Priority Products list of chemicals means for you
  • When potential regulatory mandates could go into effect
  • What PROSOCO products fall into California’s “preferred,” “use with caution” and “extreme caution” categories of chemicals.

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Polished concrete training from PROSOCO
Are you — or your crew — in need of some brushing up on your concrete polishing skills? PROSOCO has partnered with leaders in this field to bring you some of the best training available. Check out our calendar of upcoming concrete polishing seminars.

  • April 30-May 1; Houston, Texas; hosted by GranQuartz
  • May 7-8; Seattle, Wash.; hosted by JonDon
  • May 21-22; Roselle, Ill.; hosted by JonDon
  • May 28-29; St. Petersburg, Fla.; hosted by JonDon

Visit our website to learn more details about each seminar and register today.

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Seattle's Bullitt Center

Seattle’s Bullitt Center, opening day on Earth Day, April 22, 2013. Photo by John Young

As Earth Day approaches this year, I’m reminded of one of the biggest stories that captured the industry’s attention last year at this time — the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of Seattle’s Bullitt Center. Though I wasn’t personally on staff at PROSOCO back then (I’m a newbie with about 4 months under my belt), the Bullitt Center is a common thread I’ve seen in PROSOCO’s project profiles online, on this blog and in countless industry publications.

For good reason. Anyone involved in this high-profile, high-performance project should be shouting about it from solar-paneled rooftops. Deemed the “world’s greenest commercial building,” the project started off with (and attained) a very ambitious goal — net-zero and Passive House levels of energy efficiency. Design firm Miller Hull Partnership, general contractor Schuchart Corp., and developer Point 32 also called for all products to be free of ingredients found on the Living Building Challenge’s Red List.

PROSOCO is proud of the fact that our own R-GUARD and Consolideck® products helped the Bullitt Center achieve that extreme standard and become an industry icon of energy performance. The R-GUARD FastFlash® system of fluid-applied airtight and waterproof barrier products was used on the building envelope, while our Consolideck® concrete flooring products LS/CS® and LSGuard® were used on about 90% of the center’s concrete floors.

A couple of weeks ago, I checked in with Keith Miller of Final Concrete, whose company was contracted to finish the center’s concrete floors. Keith actually recommended using Consolideck LS/CS® and LSGuard® to the general contractor because he had worked with those products before and knew how effective they were.

“(The general contractor) wanted the best-performing product that we had worked with, and it was a no-brainer,” Miller said.

He added that he had learned about the products’ environmental benefits from other jobs like Kohl’s, and that he “just really enjoyed using the product.”

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Historic preservationists will revel in this time-lapse video courtesy of D Squared Productions and Levine Machine of Phoenix, Ariz., that lets them visually go back in time over a hundred years to see different iterations of a brick facade of the oldest surviving warehouse in Phoenix — the Phoenix Seed and Feed Capitol Warehouse. Watch as workers remove sheets of PROSOCO’s OverCoat protective paper film, then powerwash off the residue of Safety Peel 1 to reveal the original 1905 name on the building.

Big thanks to SBS Construction Products of Tempe, Ariz., which donated the Safety Peel 1 for the restoration of this historic project.

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