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Steve Walter, president of Trisco in Lima, Ohio, grew into the industry – literally. Walter started working at Trisco, his family’s company, when he was about 14 years old. Applicator Magazine recently got in touch with Walter to find out why he stayed in the industry and what he’s learned over the years.
The Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House was designed by the prolific architect, Cass Gilbert, and constructed between 1900 and 1907. It is a monumental public building located at the southern tip of Manhattan, directly adjacent to the New York Harbor. It was designed in the Beaux-Arts style with facades clad in gray granite and limestone, a red slate roof, and embellishments, including a sculpture series entitled the “Four Continents” by Daniel Chester French.
Hot fluid-applied rubberized asphalt (HRA) membranes over sloped concrete substrates, covered with overburden, are commonly used to waterproof below- grade spaces. When properly designed and installed, HRA is well suited for this demanding use and has a long track record of positive performance. Unfortunately, freshly placed concrete challenges the installation of fluid-applied membranes, mainly because the moisture drive from the water needed to hydrate and place the concrete can cause installation problems, deterioration, and loss of adhesion of the membrane. Oftentimes, construction schedules cannot accommodate the time required to “dry” the concrete. Identifying and managing these concerns during design and construction is critical as these systems are almost always covered by an overburden of soil fill or paving which makes later detection of defects, and repair of the membrane, costly and difficult.
Kami Farahmandpour, principal, at Building Technology Consultants, PC, in Arlington Heights, Ill., didn’t intentionally set out to end up in the construction industry. But what started out as a part-time job for Farahmandpour in the in the middle of the 1984 recession eventually turned into an incredibly successful career.