DOWSIL™ Case Study Cornish Commons – Seattle, Washington

Cornish Commons residence hall with unique rainscreen design - Seattle, WA
Cornish Commons residence hall with unique rainscreen design – Seattle, Washington

A premier college for the visual and performing arts, Cornish College of the Arts’ main campus is located in Seattle’s popular South Lake Union neighborhood, where the 20-story Cornish Commons opened in 2015.

The new residence hall and academic building includes a unique rainscreen design featuring 3/16-inch thick architectural aluminum cladding on cold-form framing. The innovative building design boasts thermal performance 40% better than required by current Seattle Building Code.

Cornish Commons’ Challenge

To achieve its ambitious thermal performance, the rainscreen design includes 2-inch, continuous R-8, exterior insulation to supplement the R-32 interior batt/cavity insulation. But that created additional challenges to be compliant with the Seattle Building Code, which dictates use of insulation outboard of the metal framing. The proposed design needed an air barrier with high permeability to ensure water vapor was not trapped in the wall cavity.

Additionally, staying on schedule – in spite of challenging Seattle weather conditions – was critical. Minimizing product incompatibility issues also was important.

Cornish Commons’ Solution

Ankrom Moisan Architects, Inc. selected the 100% silicone DOWSIL Silicone Air Barrier System to ensure enclosure airtightness performance, durability and compatibility.

When we learned about the option of a fluid-applied silicone air and water barrier, we realized that DOWSIL DefendAir 200 was ideal for our needs. Not only did the spray-applied product simplify installation and eliminate the need for traditional membrane materials, its high permeability ensured our design’s compliance with Seattle Building Code.

Eric Bressman, Architect, Ankrom Moisan Architects

Unitized Construction

To keep the Cornish Commons project on schedule, the design called for a combination of unitized rainscreen panels and traditional construction techniques. The use of unitized panels assembled off-site in a controlled manufacturing environment enabled continued productivity, regardless of weather.

An external cladding contractor’s licensed use of a patented, universal joint system (U.S. Patent 8,943,773) facilitated construction of the unitized panels. This system is designed with interlocking joints that mitigate improper installation conditions that increase the risk of failure.ß The joint system relies on DOWSIL sealants for enhanced performance.

The panels used DOWSIL silicones exclusively: DOWSIL DefendAir 200 as an air barrier and DOWSIL 791 Silicone Weatherproofing Sealant for unit sealing. The quick cure capability of the DOWSIL products helped keep unit assembly on schedule. The unitized rainscreen system was used from the third floor to the 20th floor – using 30 units per floor – with approximately 50,000 square feet protected by the DOWSIL Silicone Air Barrier System.

All-Weather Installation

Construction on-site continued into late fall, due in part to the low-temperature installation capability of DOWSIL DefendAir 200, which can be applied at temperatures as low as 20°F (-6°C).

The ability to use spray-applied product was much easier, said Jerry Jensen, Project Manager. Its cold-weather ability allowed us to continue construction into inclement fall weather.

In addition to the unitized rainscreen panels, on-site work totaling nearly 8,000 square feet used the DOWSIL Silicone Air Barrier System on the first and second floors.

Confidently Build A Better Barrier – Simple. Compatible. Silicones.

Because it is not uncommon to face challenges with varying interfacing construction materials, having a compatible all-silicone solution from Dow was appreciated and advantageous.

Having exclusively silicone products ensured compatibility. Rather than an ‘origami’ of incompatible materials around openings, having all-silicone materials simplified construction and eliminated uncertainty. It is straightforward. We can get answers from a single, trusted manufacturer, without unproductive back-and-forth exchanges with multiple suppliers. It’s helpful to have the continuity and support – and the confidence of warranty protection – from [Dow.]

Jerry Jensen, Project Manager, external cladding contractor

Additionally, the all-silicone compatibility of the DOWSIL Silicone Air Barrier System allowed materials to be applied in any order, eliminating sequencing delays and expenses.

Learn More About DOWSIL Silicone Air Barrier System

Dow High Performance Building solutions include proven and innovative materials for structural and protective glazing, weatherproofing, insulating glass, high-efficiency insulation, and window and door fabrication. Learn more about the DOWSIL Silicone Air Barrier System and other High Performance Building solutions from Dow.

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Last Modified: May 24, 2019

How To Apply MasterProtect® HB 400 Coating

MasterProtect HB 400 water-based, high-build, waterproof coating in a 5 gallon pail
BASF MasterProtect HB 400 Water-Based, High-Build, 100% Acrylic, Waterproof Coating packaged in 5 gallon pail

Watch how to apply MasterProtect HB 400 water-based, high-build, 100% acrylic, waterproof coating (Video Transcript). Then learn more about the materials, tools and accessories required to do the job safely and efficiently.

MasterProtect HB 400 Coating Application Video Transcript

  • How To Apply MasterProtect HB 400 Coating
  • Ensure substrate is structurally sound, fully cured, dry and clean
  • Mix thoroughly before applying. Apply by brush, roller or sprayer.
  • Apply coating using an ‘N’ pattern
  • Cross-roll through coating to ensure uniform wet mil thickness
  • Check wet film thickness to ensure application at specified rate
  • Back-roll in same direction to create a uniform appearance
  • Refer to the MasterProtect HB 400 technical data guide for more information.

Coating Application Materials, Tools and Accessories

Materials, Tools and Accessories – Shown

  • Protective Gloves – 4-mil nitrile, disposable glove
  • Protective Clothing – Long-sleeve sweatshirt
  • MasterProtect HB 400 Coating – For above-grade concrete, masonry, stucco, and EIFS
  • Low Speed Drill
  • Coating Mixing Paddle – Double ribbon agitator
  • Roller – Adjustable handle and 3/4 – 1 1/4 inch nap roller cover
  • Wet Film Thickness Gauge/Comb.

Precautionary Accessories – Not Shown

Refer to the MasterProtect HB 400 Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for more information.

  • Eye Protection
  • Face Protection
  • Respiratory Protection – In case of inadequate ventilation.

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Last Modified: August 16, 2019

Inside Sales Representative – Seattle, Washington

Atlas Supply is looking for a full-time Inside Sales Representative to join our team in Seattle, WA! The Inside Sales Representative will be responsible for proactively supporting outside sales, accounting and upper management while simultaneously building team skills with their counterparts on the inside team and taking initiative for individual and group learning. We believe in promoting employees from within, so this is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to develop his/her career!

Our ideal candidate will be highly motivated, upbeat, and enthusiastic about customer service.

Inside Sales Representative Job Responsibilities:

  • Process orders via phone, e-mail, counter sales, or as requested by the outside sales staff in a timely fashion with a high level of initiative.
  • Provide fundamental technical information to customers.
  • Support the activities of an assigned outside sales rep, which ranges from pricing orders to placing orders on their behalf; developing new prospects and interacting with existing customers primarily by phone to increase sales; asking questions to qualify job, project & customer lead information; providing order confirmation & follow up details; and creating presentation packages on an as-needed basis to support the sales efforts.
  • Communicate with vendors, customers, and warehouse personnel in a positive and constructive manner to ensure all transactions meet company and customer expectations.
  • Attend company and vendor meetings; training seminars as necessary to develop product knowledge and integration into the industry.

Inside Sales Representative Requirements:

  • Associates degree or equivalent required; Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • 2-4 years of related experience is required; office and customer service experience preferred.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Positive, confident and outgoing.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Pre-employment drug test and background check are required.

Atlas Supply Offers:

  • Full-time employment at the stable company.
  • Professional, fun, friendly and supportive work environment.
  • Hands-on work experience and company training.
  • Competitive salary and great benefits package; Medical, Dental, Vision, and Paid Vacation.

Company Information:

Atlas Supply was founded in 1917 and is a full-service organization supporting industries such as commercial construction, industrial manufacturing, and marine repair. We offer a wide variety of technically advanced products that include engineered sealants, repellents & coatings, concrete repair systems, above & below grade waterproofing materials, and fire stopping systems. Industrial and marine markets are served with custom rubber products, adhesives, mold-making & tooling materials, and specialty fluids & lubricants.

How to Apply:

Apply now to become a successful Inside Sales Rep with Atlas Supply!

Last Modified: August 9, 2019

How To Apply MasterProtect® EL 750 Coating

MasterProtect EL 750 water-based, elastomeric, waterproof coating in a 5 gallon pail
BASF MasterProtect EL 750 Water-Based, Elastomeric, 100% Acrylic Waterproof Coating packaged in 5 gallon pail

Watch how to apply MasterProtect EL 750 water-based, elastomeric, 100% acrylic waterproof coating (Video Transcript). Then learn more about the materials, tools and accessories required to do the job safely and efficiently.

MasterProtect EL 750 Elastomeric Coating Application Video Transcript

  • How To Apply MasterProtect EL 750 Coating
  • Ensure substrate is structurally sound, fully cured, dry and clean
  • Mix thoroughly before applying. Apply by brush, roller or sprayer.
  • Apply coating using an ‘N’ pattern
  • Cross-roll through coating to ensure uniform wet mil thickness
  • Check wet film thickness to ensure application at specified rate
  • Back-roll in same direction to create a uniform appearance
  • Refer to the MasterProtect EL 750 technical data guide for more information.

Coating Application Materials, Tools and Accessories

Materials, Tools and Accessories – Shown

  • Protective Gloves – 4-mil nitrile, disposable glove
  • Protective Clothing – Long-sleeve sweatshirt
  • MasterProtect EL 750 Elastomeric Coating – For above-grade concrete, masonry, stucco, and EIFS
  • Low Speed Drill
  • Coating Mixing Paddle – Double ribbon agitator
  • Roller – Adjustable handle and 3/4 – 1 1/4 inch nap roller cover
  • Wet Film Thickness Gauge/Comb.

Precautionary Accessories – Not Shown

Refer to the MasterProtect EL 750 Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for more information.

  • Eye Protection
  • Face Protection
  • Respiratory Protection – In case of inadequate ventilation.

Citations

Last Modified: August 2, 2019

How To Apply MasterProtect® H 400 Sealer

MasterProtect H 400 water-based, 40% silane, penetrating sealer packaged in a 5 gallon pail
BASF MasterProtect H 400 Water-Based, 40% Silane, Penetrating Sealer packaged in 5 gallon pail

Watch how to apply MasterProtect H 400 water-based, 40% silane, penetrating sealer (Video Transcript). Then learn more about the materials, tools and accessories required to do the job safely and efficiently.

MasterProtect H 400 Sealer Application Video Transcript

  • Mix material thoroughly before and during the application
  • Ensure substrate is structurally sound, fully cured, dry and clean
  • Open spout on top of pail, remove tab inside spout
  • Pour into low-pressure, non-atomizing sprayer
  • Flood the surface, starting at the bottom and moving up
  • Achieve a controlled rundown of 8-10 inches
  • Refer to the MasterProtect H 400 technical data guide for more information.

Sealer Application Materials, Tools and Accessories

Materials, Tools and Accessories – Shown

  • Protective Gloves – 4-mil nitrile, disposable glove
  • Protective Clothing – Long-sleeve sweatshirt
  • MasterProtect H 400 Sealer – provides long-lasting protection against moisture intrusion, freeze/thaw cycles, and chloride intrusion
  • Low-Pressure, Non-Atomizing Sprayer.

Precautionary Accessories – Not Shown

Refer to the MasterProtect H 400 Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for more information.

  • Eye Protection
  • Face Protection
  • Respiratory Protection – In case of inadequate ventilation.

Citations

Last Modified: July 21, 2019