From the Resene News – issue 1/2002
A day in the life - EDS Building - Project Services in action
The 21st century is a world filled with constant change. Building and home colour schemes and paint systems come and go with regularity... what once was blue may now be red, what once was flat may now be textured. These changes fill our sensory perceptions every day, yet it is easy to remain blind to the work behind these ever-changing facades.
The exterior repaint of the EDS building in central Wellington is a textbook example of the collaborative nature of project services at their best, combining the talents of the building manager with the painting contractor and product supplier Resene.
The full Resene Project Services process consists of seven separate steps covering all facets of the project from the initial site visit through to the confirmation of any site-specific warranties. The entire process is collaborative and client driven, starting with the all important first step - the site visit
Deterioration of the original acrylic urethane coating system following exposure to environmental elements, and isolated areas of spalling and mechanical damage to the existing coating, were identified with the assistance of the Resene Project Services Representative during the initial site visit.
This visit enabled all parties to determine the scope of the project and gather the specific information required in the preparation of the detailed painting specification. Visual inspection of the surfaces to be coated was an interactive process between all parties.
The final paint specification provided two alternative coating systems enabling the client to select the one that best met financial and time resource constraints, and longer term maintenance expectations. The first option recommended an engineered coating system of two coats of Resene Uracryl 403 for maximum protection in the exterior environment; the second paint system focused on two coats of Resene Hi-Glo gloss acrylic. Both specifications were assessed against budget, time and ease of application requirements, with the Resene Hi-Glo system being selected as the preferred option due to its ease of application and slightly lower resource consumption. The completed specification was included in the final contract documentation to provide a scope of the work and products required.
No two specifications are ever the same, however the basic underlying objective of all specifications is to define the surface preparation and paint systems by substrate, highlight potential problem areas and identify coating system options, where available, to give clients an opportunity to upgrade the paint system.
Colour scheme development
The human eye is capable of seeing millions of colours, meaning that there are few limits when it comes to selecting colour schemes. The assistance of Resene staff trained in the use of colour and familiar with Resene colours and colour tools can provide a welcome unbiased second opinion to simplify the colour scheme development process.
Written guarantees can be custom-designed for specific projects using Resene paint systems. Guarantees that apply to a particular system can be confirmed at the time the project specification is written. The warranty terms must be agreed in writing prior to the application of the paint system.
Painting work in progress
Work was carried out using a 14 metre mobile stage as a base platform. Staff working at heights were harnessed to contact points in line with OSH requirements.
Throughout the contract, site observations were recorded by Resene on Site Inspection Sheets, copies of which were presented with the guarantee.
A shining example of the benefit of teamwork and the complexity of managing such a large scale painting project, the relatively compact painting process has been achieved through combining building manager, painting contractor and Resene Project Services skills. From a grey white to a hue of blue, this building has been rejuvenated in seven short weeks adding its own style to the ever-changing streetscape.
Painting Contractor: Dean Robertson, Supervisor; Patrick Donaghy, Site
Manager; Jason McHenry, Area Manager; Programmed Maintenance Services
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