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Coatings Choice Crucial on Chicago Condo Conversion Job

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With high ceilings and expansive views, the VB 1224 Lofts project was the perfect space for a condominium conversion. But transforming an abandoned paper mill in Chicago’s West Loop into a showcase of contemporary loft living would not be a simple task.

The challenge: Deteriorating substrates

An exterior inspection found significant deterioration of the eight-story brick and concrete structure. Specifying the right coating was crucial, especially on the highly visible south elevation, a haphazard mix of original red brick capped by a gray two-story curtain wall addition.

“We included Sherwin-Williams early in the design phase because we knew some factors – such as adhesion on previously coated surfaces – were going to be critical,” says Alex Szatanek of Thornton Thomasetto, the commercial contractor that won the bid.

The solution: Ensuring adhesion

“Since the building had been previously coated, one of the first things we asked Sherwin-Williams to do was adhesion testing, so we would know early on how well the coatings would adhere to the existing substrate,” says project architect Rachel Michelin.

Loxon XP™ Waterproofing Masonry Coating provided the protective solution that met the project’s requirements.

“Our coating recommendation was based on the environmental conditions in Chicago, as well as on the need for a product that could work on a building that had been coated several times,” says Sean Meracle of Sherwin-Williams. “While adhesion was important, the coating also had to provide permeability, and Loxon XP delivers on both those counts.”

Color was also important. The condo board picked Foggy Day (SW 6235) to help distinguish the property. “That color selection was a bold statement that took a vintage building and helped make it look modern,” says Szatanek.


This article was originally published in the Fall 2016 issue of the Sherwin-Williams CommercialPro newsletter. Get more business-building tips and info on products, services, discounts and project solutions on the Sherwin-Williams contractor website

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