RSS
TwitterFacebookGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn

Side Story: Restoring the ‘Grand Dame’ of Racing

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

September 2008

Cleaners and Sealants

clean-sb2-1

Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. As other state-of-the-art entertainment and sports attractions have cropped up throughout the region, it was in need of restoration and modernization to effectively compete and attract fans to the track.

Signature races, the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, have had an economic impact of approximately $217 million, and the renovation would help ensure that both events continue to grow and serve as significant drivers for the regional economy. Hosting 750,000 visitors each year, all caulking done on the terraces overlooking the racetrack had to withstand extensive movement as well as retain the stunning revitalized look, despite the high traffic.

clean-sb2-2The fast-track construction schedules on a project like Churchill Downs required that product be on hand when it is needed. Custom matching of colors adds time, cost and complications that slow the process. Spectrem 4-TS Field-Tintable Silicone Sealant from Tremco not only provided all the performance required, it offered a standard color, which would perfectly match the traffic coating being used on the job. Being field-tintable, it also gave the contractor, Martin & McDonald, the freedom to mix just the amount needed on-site and blend as necessary to meet the exacting requirements of the architect for the appearance of a mortar joint. In addition, its excellent adhesion and movement capabilities made it ideal for the suspended pre-cast panels in the suite section where terraces overlook the track.

With a variety of control joints between dissimilar materials, a product was needed that could provide superior adhesion between not only brick to brick, but brick to EIFS and EIFS to mortar. Spectrem 3 Silicone Sealant and Spectrem 4-TS, both formulated with Tremco’s proprietary Advanced Silicone Technology (AST), are suited for the porous substrates as well as materials having a high coefficient of linear expansion such as EIFS, and they last for decades. The AST formulation also ensures that they are easy to work with, tooling joints is fast, the finish is superior, and the color is retained dirt-free for years to come.

Now, with the help of new advanced technology in sealants, Churchill Downs has been restored to the Winners Circle of racing venues with a look that’s formulated to last for a long time.

 

Return to Table of Contents

Related Posts

MASONRY MAGAZINE VIDEO NEWS

S26 HEPA Dust Extractor From Pullman Ermator

Ermator HEPA Dust Extractors are equipped with tested and certified HEPA filters that trap the smallest, most dangerous-to-breath dust particles and prevents them from being released in the air. A HEPA Dust Extractor not only exhausts perfectly clean air, it is far more efficient for the fast recovery of bulk dry dust, debris and other building materials found on every Construction, Abatement and Restoration job site.

Drilling and Chiseling Hammer Demonstration | CS Unitec

CS Unitec Drilling and Chiseling Hammer type 2 2414 0010 demonstration. For more information on the tools, drills and other products seen in this video, please visit: http://www.csunitec.com/hammer-drills/

PumpMaster | Masonry Grout Pump for Core Filling | Block Fill | Masonry Wall Grouting

The AIRPLACO PumpMaster PG-30 is shown on a jobsite in Nashville, TN with Masonry Contractor WASCO, Inc. ...