Sika - Building Trust
tobacco_web

From Tobacco to Government: NC Landmark Restoration!

Winston-Salem, NC – We got the chance to stop at a historical tobacco plant re-purposed as a county government center in Winston-Salem, NC. One thing is for certain, the building doesn’t look like it was built in 1912. Originally built as a manufacturing plant for Prince Albert and Camel Tobacco, the facility was the last operational tobacco plant in downtown Winston-Salem when it closed in June, 1990. Several buildings in the vicinity were soon purchased by Forsyth County. While a 1998 fire destroyed most of these buildings, this one only suffered minor smoke damage.

Does that building look over 100 years old to you?

Does that building look over 100 years old to you?

Through an “adaptive reuse project” the building was renovated to become the county government center for Forsyth. 185,000 square feet were converted into a parking deck, and another 244,000 square feet were converted into offices. The project, completed in 2003, incorporated many Sika concrete repair mortars, sealants, carbon fiber, and Sikagard coatings. Senior Project Sales Representative Jim Hadley explained that only 1 spall was found after the reconstruction process over 12 years later. Unheard of in a project of this size, the finished building is a testament to the care taken in the restoration and the quality of the products used.

The power of Concrete Repair!

The power of Concrete Repair!

Because of the age of the building, the restoration project provided some unique challenges. As air entrainment was not invented until the 1940’s, the original building did not include “freeze-thaw” protection. The resulting cracks and 100 years’ worth of carbonation and beam corrosion had serious structural effects on the building. The original specifications were found calling for 1 part cement, 2 parts sand and 6 parts coarse aggregate mixed to a “quaky” consistency. Spade and feet used for consolidation (“walking it in”). All things considered, the original workers deserve credit because their building is still standing and likely will for years to come.

On the other hand, we stopped at a parking deck in downtown Raleigh, where the new corporate buildings have a completely different feel to the ones in Winston-Salem. Sika sales representative Greg Brown told us the 7-story parking deck supplies the rapidly growing city of Raleigh. After the application of a waterproof Sikalastic traffic system and Sikaflex 2C NS sealant, it was hard to tell that the structure wasn’t brand new.

Whether old or new, Sika products are helping to maintain the structural integrity of buildings across North Carolina.

Share

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

All comments will require moderation before being posted, thank you for you patience.

Sika USA’s Instagram

  • Engineers Without Borders recently completed a project located in Fiji. With a donated roll of Sika’s Hydrotite waterstop, they built an extension onto the dam for the water source in Loa, Fiji. Thank you to the team for sharing your success and for all the hard work you do for such a great organization!
  • The new green field production plant in Sealy, Texas has officially opened! This 40 acre site, located near Houston, will be a business center for the South-West of the US with a sales office, customer service and training facility! We look forward to your visit! #sikaeveryday #grandopening
  • The Sika Secure System is here! From moisture protection to subfloor correction, Sika has you covered. To receive more information about The Sika Secure system contact us here: http://bit.ly/2AOpCYF

#SucessWithSika #SikaSecure #SikaBond #SikaLevel
  • The new Sealy Sika plant will produce our high performance mortars and grouts as well as a wide range of concrete admixtures including ViscoCrete high range water reducers. The new site will also contain a laboratory and sales office, as well as a training center to educate our customers and applicators on the latest technologies. Doors to this state of the art facility will open soon and we look forward to welcoming you! #sikaeveryday
  • The Sika yellow is shining bright in Sealy, Texas! The plant has officially began production and the first mortar batch was made last week!  Now we are preparing for the grand opening and ready to open the doors for training #sikaeveryday
  • The #SikaPro team has been working hard to give you Sika FastFix Rapid Patch, which was just named one of "This Old House 100 top products of 2017"! Thanks to TOH for the recognition! Rapid Patch is here  to help make those concrete repairs quick and  easy, leaving no mess.  #DIY #homeimprovementproject #weekenddiyproject
  • Check out Sikaflex 2c NS Arctic!
This two-part polyurethane elastomeric sealant is specially formulated to get the project done in the coldest of conditions, as low as 15°F to be exact.
  • Can you spot the #SikaRoofing graphic on the new Wintrust Arena in downtown Chicago? The arena was recently completed and it is the home court for DePaul University as well as a venue for many other events. #sikaeveryday #roofinglife #chicago
  • We can't wait for you to step through our lobby doors at our new plant in Sealy, TX. Look down and you'll see this work of art! Our #Sikafloor Thin Set Terrazzo is installed and ready for final testing. Stay tuned for more. #flooringinstallation
  • Featured in this month's CoatingsPro magazine is the Porsche Design center in Miami which houses residents as well as their high end cars. Our #SikaFloor DecoFlake system made a luxurious addition to the project. #successwithsika #sikaeveryday
  • Worried about the upcoming snow season? Sika's got your roof covered! Even after experiencing a major snowstorm, the roof on the Ballou High School is performing very well.“ The roof is doing great and I would definitely use the Sarnafil system again,” said Miah Dancy, vice president at roof consultants Bluefin, LLC of Crofton, Maryland “We have been very pleased with the quality of the Sarnafil membranes.” #successwithsika #sikasarnafil #SikaRoofing
  • Sika's new Sealy, TX facility uses about 50 different Sika products for the construction and finishing touches. Stay tuned for more pictures as we are getting closer toward completion. #SikaEveryDay #Construction #SikaBuildingEnvelope

View More Photos on Instagram!