Lowes Company Headquarters Parking Deck
Mooresville, NC United States | 2003
When the U.S. Department of Energys National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, decided on the critical protective coating for the exposed structural and architectural steel for NRELs new $25 million, state-of-the-art solar array-powered parking garage, one need only imagine the path that led to a logical coating decision on this high profile parking structure.
NREL needed a superior, cost-effective, efficient, protective coating solution.
With a 50-year design life, the protection of all of the structural and architectural steel members was paramount, especially due to the incorporation of hollow steel components such as tube columns and pipe guardrail and handrail all of which are susceptible to internal corrosion. In order to meet the design-life requirement, the protective coating must incorporate internal as well as external protection.
A requirement of todays parking garages is to provide continuous access at all times. Protective coatings requiring periodic touch-up and manufacturer-recommended removal and re-coat intervals can render many spaces useless during containment blasting and coating re-application. Maintenance crews occupying NRELs parking access would not be a practical option, and a coating requiring routine maintenance was quickly ruled out. For NREL, a maintenance-free protective coating was essential.
The parking garages design firm, RNL, sought out a corrosion-protection system to encompass the environmentally-friendly philosophies at the very core of NREL. Factoring in some additional coating characteristics, including Sustainable Design (SD), Life-Cycle Inventory (LCI), and Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA), allowed RNL to select a coating that more closely exemplified NRELs organization and its green mission.
Finally, as with most government projects, the budget was tight and meeting deadlines was critical. NREL needed a protective coating that would not cause construction delays, and could be applied quicklyregardless of temperature or humidityand still fall within the budget for the project. Multiple steel shipments were actually galvanized, start to finish, and delivered to the job site all in less than 24 hours. Hot-dip galvanizing has no temperature or humidity constraints, and there was no drying or curing time and most materials could be processed (start to finish) in a three-to-five-hour period.
NREL needed a superior, cost-effective, efficient, protective coating solution. Hot-dip galvanizing was the logical choice for those whose strategies include protecting our environment, reducing our energy consumption and saving taxpayer dollars better utilized in other projects. This decision will continue to provide savings and pride over the life of this amazing structure.
Denver, CO United States
Aesthetics, Coating Durability, Corrosion Performance, Life-Cycle Cost, Prior HDG Experience, Quality of HDG, Sustainability, Turnaround Time
Columns, Beams, Joist, Plates, Brackets, Handrail, and Guardrail.
Paxton & Vierling Steel
U.S. Department of Energy
General Contractor - Haselden Construction
AZZ Galvanizing - Denver
AZZ Galvanizing - Houston West
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