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St. Louis, Mo. — Sept. 24, 2014 — Brisk Waterproofing, a member company of Western Construction Group, recently completed masonry repairs, window glazing, and re-caulking, tuck-pointing, and complete brick replacement on the 12-story, national headquarters for the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) building in Washington, D.C.
The project also included a complete restoration of the building's lower-level concrete parking garage, which is shared with three other tenants, including a legendary hotel and the national headquarters for a teacher's union. The AFGE owns the building.
The project began in 2011 with restoration of the garage, which had been damaged from years of wear and tear. Due to its high traffic, work there had to be conducted during night and weekend hours.
The scope of the garage work included shallow, full, and overhead repairs, making use of SikaQuick 1000 rapid-hardening repair mortar and SikaTop 123 two-component, polymer-modified, non-sag mortar. Crews installed a series of expansion joints at each garage entrance and exit and in one vertical corner. The garage project also included installation of a highly reflective coating from Neoguard Performance Coatings on the cinder block walls, along with a re-coating of all pipes, doors, and fixtures to comply with OSHA standards.
"The most critical step of the garage rehabilitation was to prepare both floors of the garage with a vehicular traffic coating from Tremco Commercial Sealants and Waterproofing," said Brian Radigan, branch manager for Brisk Waterproofing Co. "This was conducted during a garage shut-down over two weekends, with the floors being ready for traffic each Monday morning."
The final steps of the garage project included the oversight of parking striping and the fit-out of each light fixture. The fixtures were installed and attached to motion sensors, which turn the lights on and off based on movement sensed in the garage.
The AFGE building had also been dealing with a myriad of water-penetration issues for several years and Brisk was hired to re-caulk and wet glaze the windows. Workers discovered that masonry repairs were also needed, including tuck-pointing and complete brick replacement. Brisk set up a process whereby the extra work was completed on a unit-price basis and the owner received progress reports and updates bi-weekly in order to address any issues or concerns.
Brisk worked diligently with AFGE to keep the building open to the general public during the project. Located at 80 F St. NW, just five blocks from the U.S. Capitol building, the building's front facade shares space with two neighboring offices, while the rear facade stands in front of a neighboring hotel's glass atrium. The safety of the general public and neighboring properties was a top priority for Brisk's crews throughout the project.
The AFGE is an American labor union representing over 650,000 employees of the federal government.