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  EIFS Leads in Expansion & Modernization of Sacred Heart Hospital

Sacred Heart Hospital, as the oldest Catholic hospital in Florida, has been a cornerstone of the community in and around Pensacola since the turn of the 20th century. Built in 1915, the hospital was a joint effort between a group of local citizens and the Daughters of Charity, a religious order dedicated to care for the poor and the sick, which was founded in 1633. Like all such institutions facing the challenges and technological needs of the 21st century, the hospital has gone through a tremendous evolution over the past century.

Standard EXTRA by Parex was chosen for both the expansion and renovation of Sacred Heart Hospital, allowing the entire campus to be upgraded to a more modern look.“Our most recent project is a multi-million dollar expansion and modernization program that includes two major additions to our Ninth Avenue campus,” says Mike Burke, public relations manager for Sacred Heart. Burke explains that the expansion was necessary due to both increased services and for modernization reasons.

An exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS) had been used on the newer buildings due to ease of application and for insulation protection against brutal heat found in Florida during the summers. However, the newer, more modern looking EIFS-clad buildings were a marked contrast to the old red brick of the original 1965 structures. So, it was decided that the brick would also be covered with EIFS in order to give the entire campus a homogenized look, as well as to give additional insulation to the older buildings.

“We put new, more energy efficient windows in the original hospital buildings, and covered the brick with EIFS,” says Burke. “Besides adding to the energy efficiency of the buildings, the EIFS also allowed us to upgrade the entire campus with a more modern look. We were able to easily add such modern architectural elements as beams and windowsill slopes.”

Larry Villia, president of Villia-Warren Construction Systems in Pensacola, says the Parex standard EXTRA system was chosen for the new additions, and to cover the brick of the old hospital.

Standard EXTRA is a PB EIFS system that doubles up the protection of the building exterior. The first stage of the system is a seamless weather and air barrier installed over the sheathing and at all openings, as a shield against incidental moisture intrusion. The Parex standard system is then adhesively attached to this “EXTRA” barrier, with insulation, base coat and mesh reinforcement and the variety of finish and colors as specified. The exterior of the system offers a proven first line of defense against the elements, doubling up the wall’s weather barrier.

As a Parex Medallion Applicator, Villia, has the expertise necessary to make sure the application went off without a hitch, and to ensure the Parex system will give years of trouble-free service to the hospital.

Villia also had the opportunity to try out the new Parex KeyCoat® product, which had just become available during the Sacred Heart project.

KeyCoat Liquid Membrane Adhesive by Parex provided easy application in every area.Parex KeyCoat Liquid Membrane Adhesive is a direct-to-the-wall adhesive, which firmly bonds EPS to the wall and also forms a rugged, continuous secondary barrier that prevents water intrusion.

“The major advantage to using KeyCoat on this job was the savings on labor,” says Villia. “This project was complicated. Many of the areas where we used it were on soffits, in stairwells, and on large overhangs in the parking garage. KeyCoat really saved us a lot of time.”

Using conventional materials, a three-man crew can apply about 150-square-feet of EPS per hour under normal job conditions. With KeyCoat, two crew members applied over 300-square-feet per hour, according to Villia, resulting in hours of labor savings and related expenses. And, because KeyCoat offers an integrated weather barrier, owners can specify KeyCoat to be added for extra security on every job. They can double the benefit without doubling the cost.

“The fact that the whole system was attached adhesively instead of mechanically made a major difference in this project,” says Burke. “We are, after all, a hospital, and anything that can be done to cut down on the noise and debris of construction is greatly appreciated.”

“The KeyCoat applications went great,” says Villia. “The hospital was happy with the application and quality of the product, and we were happy with its labor-saving characteristics. In fact, we’ve been using it ever since our first application at Sacred Heart.”

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