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  Facility’s Demanding Environments Protected 
By StonCor Group

Emory University, a historical landmark of progressive education in the heart of downtown Atlanta, is one of the most established and respected research universities in the country. Over the past few years, Emory has enjoyed unprecedented growth in research support, as well as in faculty and student enrollment. In an effort to continue the University’s reputation for contributions in the fields of science and medicine, Emory has adopted a new strategy to enhance their current research programs.

To facilitate this strategy, Emory recently completed construction of a new $135 million research facility. The Whitehead Biomedical Research Building will be home to three of Emory’s life science departments: The University School of Medicine, the Cell Biology Department and the Genetics and Physiology Department. 

An undertaking of this magnitude required innovation in every facet of planning, design and construction. An important criteria for Emory was to develop an original design which would complement the University’s current natural garden setting and Italianate architecture. For this the University selected Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum (HOK) Architects. Construction management was coordinated by a leader in education construction projects, Whiting-Turner, and interior design was awarded to CUH2A, a leader in implementation of technically sophisticated design projects.

For many years, HOK Architects, CUH2A and Whiting-Turner have enjoyed a successful partnership with The StonCor Group, Inc., an organization committed to innovation and excellence by providing cutting-edge technology, exceptional quality and unparalleled technical service. StonCor was called upon to provide high performance flooring, lining, wall coating and grating products to meet the stringent performance and lifespan requirements, while maintaining the aesthetic value of the world class design.

The StonCor Group combines four of the world’s leading suppliers to the construction industry. Stonhard® — the world leader in high performance polymer floors; Plasite® Protective Coatings — a pioneer in the development of high performance linings; Carboline® — a comprehensive provider of high performance coatings and architectural finishes; and Fibergrate® — the originator of molded fiberglass grating. The products offered by these companies protect a facility’s most demanding environments. 

The Whitehead Biomedical Research Building was constructed in seven phases from January 2001 through September 2001. High performance products were required in all aspects of facility design, and StonCor provided over 100,000 square feet of specialty finishes. These include: over 45,000 square feet of flooring and integral cove base from Stonhard; chemically resistant lining systems from Plasite; over 50,000 square feet of wall coatings from Carboline; and chemically resistant FRP grating from Fibergrate.

Stonhard’s Stonblend® GSI was selected for floors in the laboratories, animal holding areas, cage wash areas and corridors. Stonblend GSI is a seamless, decorative quartz flooring system designed specifically to combine the performance of an industrial polymer floor with the aesthetics required for a commercial environment.

In chemical storage areas, Plasite’s Semstone® 802 lining system was used to protect concrete floors from the wide array of chemicals found in this laboratory setting. Organic acids, strong caustics and various types of solvents are common corrosives found in this environment.

Fibergrate’s Rigidex® II grating was used on trenches in the animal holding areas. FRP grating was selected due to its superior chemical and corrosion resistance. The integral texture and open design of Rigidex II provides positive traction and is easy to clean.

The interior engineering team selected Carboline’s Carboguard® 954 for the high performance wall coating system. This product provided the decorative finish required by the designers, while also providing high chemical, stain and wear resistance. This combination of characteristics was especially important for high abuse areas like animal holding, cage wash, chemical storage and high traffic corridors.

An innovative customer requires a cutting edge engineering and implementation team. The combined resources of The StonCor Group provided the means necessary to successfully meet the needs of this distinctive project. Chris Carlson, Senior Project Manager with Whiting-Turner states: “[StonCor] began this project under very stringent schedule and budgetary constraints.” They provided specification assistance, application services, as well as full-time project management for this critical project. “The system they suggested and placed within our building is nearly flawless...Emory University is pleased with the [results].” Mr. Carlson concluded, “I would wholeheartedly recommend [StonCor] for future projects.”

Emory University’s Whitehead Biomedical Research Building has already been awarded the ABC Design Award and is being considered for various others for 2001, including the Lab of the Year Award. StonCor is proud to have been a part of this award winning project.

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