When planning the Wellesley Office Park Walking Path in Massachusetts, it was imperative for specifiers to find a material that would protect the state-owned ecologically sensitive area, located along the Charles River.
Specifiers face an important task when determining how to protect the various surfaces of high-traffic facilities. Many Buildings such as schools, sports arenas, hospitals, and manufacturing plants are very susceptible to daily wear and tear, as well as substrate damage from thorough cleanings.
Whether the project is a new building or major renovation, sustainability is an increasingly important factor in decision-making. Whole-building life cycle assessment (LCA) makes it possible to look at all phases of a building, from material extraction through construction to decommissioning.
The U.S. construction industry is shifting perspectives from traditional building toward a green, more sustainable design sensibility. This approach includes building concrete structures that will last an appropriate lifespan with minimal maintenance and repairs—and this necessitates careful attention paid to the waterproofing strategies chosen.