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Elevation Awards Spotlight: Charleston Aquarium

Friday, September 25, 2020

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With the extended deadline just announced for the third annual Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (Oct. 9) with featured selections of this year’s nominees, giving readers a glimpse of the competition. Below is a selected nominee in the “Exteriors, Commercial + Public Buildings” category.

Project: South Carolina Aquarium

The South Carolina Aquarium, which opened in 2000, is located along the Charleston Harbor, and is home to more than 10,000 plants and animals as well as the deepest tank in North America, which holds more than 385,000 gallons of saltwater.

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The South Carolina Aquarium, which opened in 2000, is located along the Charleston Harbor, and is home to more than 10,000 plants and animals as well as the deepest tank in North America, which holds more than 385,000 gallons of saltwater.

In 2017, the owners received funding to renovate the facility, including a full repaint of the exterior structures. When it came time to select coatings, the project team reached out to its local Tnemec representatives at TSE, Inc.

In order to limit maintenance—and limit interruptions for the animals and the aquarium’s visitors—Tnemec recommended a long-term coating system featuring Fluoronar for all exterior steel.

Phillips Industrial, out of Charleston, prepared the steel surfaces before spot priming using Series 135 Chembuild, Tnemec’s epoxy coating. This was followed by a full coat of Series 135, brush- and roller-applied at 4-6 mils DFT.

The system was finished with a coat of Series 1070 Fluoronar, brush- and roller-applied at 2-3 mils DFT. All steel surfaces were completed on time and the owners, architects and applicators all agreed that the results were stunning.

All exterior precast concrete was coated using Tnemec’s waterborne acrylate, Series 156 Enviro-Crete. Surfaces were sealed and patched using Series 151-1051 Elasto-Grip FC before receiving two full coats or Series 156, applied at 4-6 mils DFT. In the end, applicators used nearly 400 gallons of Series 156.

Although the aquarium was closed for a bit because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the South Carolina Aquarium exterior is in great shape and the owners look forward to busy, productive fall and winter seasons. The aquarium continues to care for the animals and provide online tours and nature-related content to their customers during their unexpected shutdown.

 

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Tagged categories: Aquariums; Awards and honors; D+D Elevation Awards; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; PaintSquare; Technology Publishing Co.; Tnemec

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