NTCA Awards Night Special Guest: U.S. Army Sgt. Eric Hunter and wife Kenna, Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program smart home recipients

NTCA, Crossville, Inc., and MAPEI are all supporters of the program

One of the most moving moments of the NTCA Awards Night was the talk given by Sgt. Eric Hunter and his wife Kenna, who gave personal insight in to the transforming power of Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. specially-adapted smart homes.

U.S. Army Sgt. Eric Hunter and wife Kenna spoke about the importance of the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E Program and its specially-adapted smart homes to restore independence and dignity to veterans injured in the line of duty.

Sgt. Hunter and Kenna spoke about the circumstances that surrounded the family’s need for a specially-adapted smart home, provided by the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program. NTCA, along with ceramic tile donor Crossville, Inc., and setting materials supplier MAPEI, have been supporters of this program.

Sgt. Hunter explained how after suffering injuries in the service of his country, he was denied assistance from other organizations because he wasn’t injured “enough” to qualify for assistance. A cut to his Social Security benefits increased the hardship the family was facing in a home that was inadequate for his special needs. He explained how the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E Program gave hope to him and his family, and how the specially-adapted smart home will allow him to regain independence and dignity.

While introducing Eric and Kenna Hunter, NTCA assistant executive director Jim Olson said, “These life-changing homes not only provide our injured veterans the opportunity to reclaim independence but also the families that have sacrificed alongside them.The recipients of the Foundation homes are deeply grateful for the support of the many sponsors and volunteers. Every one of them have hand signed a photo of their completed home and have sent them to us.”

He continued with the introduction, saying “ United States Army Sergeant Eric Hunter was first deployed to Iraq in 2010. While there, he connected on the internet with a girl from his hometown named Kenna, and they remained in contact throughout his deployment. On June 1st, 2011, Eric and Kenna married and she and her two children came to live with him in Kentucky.

“Eric’s second deployment in 2012 took him to Afghanistan,” he continued. “On May 31st, 2012, the day before Eric and Kenna’s one year anniversary, while patrolling his unit, Eric stepped on an improvised explosive device. Along with many other injuries, the bomb took his right leg and shattered his left. Eric was flown to three different hospitals before arriving at Walter Reed National Medical Center, where Kenna came to be at his side.

“Eric spent four years at Walter Reed where he has undergone 61 surgeries with the possibility of more to come as he still feels pain in his salvaged leg,” Olson added. “In December 2016, Eric and Kenna welcomed a new baby girl, making them a family of five. They currently reside in a non-handicap accessible rental in Marietta, GA. Since Eric cannot use his wheelchair in his home, he has to cope with being in pain while walking or scooting from room to room. The Gary Sinise Foundation is honored to provide the Hunters a specially adapted smart home to further enable this soldier and his family to move forward with their new life together. The NTCA is proud to be a part of this program and we are particularly honored that they are willing to say a few words to us tonight about the difference the Foundations supporters are making in their family’s life.”

View a video of Eric and Kenna’s remarks on the National Tile Contractors Association Facebook page here: Sgt. Eric Hunter and wife Kenna remarks at NTCA Awards Night

 

NTCA’s Bart Bettiga (l) and Jim Olson (r) with U.S. Army Sgt. Eric Hunter and wife Kenna. NTCA, along with MAPEI and Crossville, Inc., are all supporters of the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program.

Jim Olson coordinates sponsors and assists in finding NTCA contractors to provide labor to install donated ceramic tile. For information on being involved in the program, contact Jim Olson at jim @tile-assn.com.

Contractors visit a dozen installation products exhibitors in 65 minutes with NTCA tour

Contractors visiting Coverings ‘18 May 8-11 in Atlanta had the opportunity to partake in a full schedule of educational conference sessions, special features on the show floor like the Installation Experience, Installation Design Showcase, demos on the Installation Demonstration Stage, Quickfire sessions on a variety of topics and of course the amazing array of tile and stone products and setting materials, tools and associated products.

One great way to get a crash course of what’s available for contractors was to take part in a NTCA Tour, given Wednesday and Thursday of the show. This tour, led by NTCA assistant executive director Jim Olson with assistance from member volunteers and Ally Jenkins from show management company Taffy Event Strategies, originated from the Contractor Lounge and led participants on a journey through 12 exhibitors in a little over an hour.

Here are the highlights:

Raimondi/Donnelly Distribution : Lindsey Madrid introduced tour participants to the Italian-made RLS leveling system, Buzon pedestals and a range of cutters and blades. A new product is the Roboslab, a hydraulic-operated mobile lifter for gauged porcelain tile panels.

European Tile Masters: Ben Szell showed a range of products and tables for handling, moving and working with gauged porcelain tile panels.

Roboslab hydraulic-powered GTPT panel lifter at Raimondi/Donnelly Distribution

European Tile Master’s (ETM) Ben Szell talked to the group about the company’s line of tables and handling devices for GTPT panels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USG: USG’s Leo Pena displayed USG’s Shower System featuring Durock with EdgeGuard. This improved edge protects again blowouts. USG also offers the ability to custom configure a shower project, with materials easily sent to the site or contractor via UPS.

RUBI: Albert Mendez demonstrated the company’s TZ Cutter, as well as a vacuum attachment that eliminates dust from cutting tile and stone products.

 

USG’s Leo Pena talks about USG’s custom shower program, standing in front of a display of Durock with EdgeGuard.

At RUBI, Albert Mendez shows a vacuum tool that eliminates dust when cutting holes in tile or stone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schluter: Bobby Linam talked about DITRA-HEAT, which combines an uncoupling mat with a thermal break with customizable heating cables for electric heat installs. He also talked about the range of Schluter’s edge protection profiles, in metallic or textured powder coat styles, as well as movement joint products.

MAPEI: Brian Pistulka talked about the company’s Planitop 330 Fast quick-setting, polymer-modified, fiber-reinforced, cementitious rendering, patching and leveling mortar for interior and exterior walls, floors and submerged areas as well as Mapeguard UM uncoupling membrane, Flexcolor 3D translucent, iridescent ready-to-use grout, and mortars that conform to ANSI 118.5 for gauged porcelain tile installations.

Bobby Linam discussing DITRA-HEAT at Schluter.

At MAPEI, Brian Pistulka tells the group about Planitop 330 Fast Patching and Rendering Mortar, Flexcolor 3D translucent and iridescent grout and other MAPEI products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tile Eze: Niels Mierendorff discussed the company’s Keil concealed anchoring system for ventilated facades which is proven in extreme weather conditions and offers a simple three-step process that allows for panels to be hung as easily as a picture. In addition, Tile Eze demonstrated its automatic grout cleanup machine, which cleans 1,000 sq.ft./hour residentially and 1,500 sq.ft./hour commercially.

Lackmond: Justin Thomas demonstrated the Beast 10” saw and the Beast B-BTEC Rail Saw.

Neils Mierendorff at Tile Eze presented information about the KEIL concealed anchoring system for ventilated facades.

At Lackmond, Justin Thomas talked about the BEAST line of saws and cutters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CUSTOM: Russell Brown discussed the benefits of SpeedSlope Rapid Setting Sloping Mortar and RedGard SpeedCoat for speeding waterproofing and tile setting in shower installations.

LATICRETE: Spencer Maheu conveyed the benefits of STRATA_HEAT Thermal Pack, which is the first heat diffusion additive designed exclusively for the STRATA_HEAT electric floor heating system. The STRATA_HEAT Thermal Pack eliminates cold spots between wires, reduces energy cost by 15%, and ensures heat from the STRATA_HEAT wire is distributed evenly throughout the adhesive.

LATICRETE’s Spencer Maheu explaining the STRATA_HEAT Thermal Pack technology and the STRATA_HEAT radiant heating system.

CUSTOM’s Russell Brown told contractors about the SpeedSlope Rapid Setting Mortar and RedGard SpeedCoat waterproofing for fast shower installations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEC: Loren Doppelt told the group that with TEC’s Ultimate 6 Plus Mortar (TEC 487), projects can be grouted in as little as six hours. The product has a two-to-three hour pot life and 60 minute working time.

Loren Doppelt at TEC talked about Ultimate 6 Plus Mortar, for set to grout in six hours.

 

Exhibitors handed out information, cards and giveaways, with contractors returning after the tour to discuss products individually with suppliers.

COVERINGS 2018 and THE INSTALLATION EXPERIENCE

The Installation Experience, booth 8401, allows Coverings 2018 attendees to experience firsthand numerous types of tile installations implemented by qualified, trained and certified tile installers. These interactive sessions will showcase today’s best practices relative to a multitude of different tile installations.

Live, interactive installations will be taking place in a fully functioning kitchen; a bathroom with heated tile floor, vintage fireplace upgrade and grand installation of a contemporary shower system. These state-of-the-art projects will involve glass tile, porcelain, gauged porcelain panels, natural stone and other cutting edge tile products and breakthrough technology installation systems.

Entering via a self-guided, designated pathway, attendees will journey through room-after-room of fully interactive installations with top representatives posted along the way to answer any and all questions.  They’ll have the opportunity to speak with industry experts regarding key processes, learning new strategies and experiencing hands-on demonstrations of the most modern of technologies.

Other highlights include “photographic retrospectives”… the Hall of Failures & the Hall of Excellence.  Here, attendees will see firsthand the difference between the right and wrong way to perform a tile installation, and in the Hall of Excellence installers who have mastered the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installation (ACT) courses will be available to discuss the program.

Don’t forget about the Construction Zone, where visitors can return throughout the week to experience the progression of the CTI Challenge. The CTI Challenge is an exciting, live event slated to take place between rival teams of NTCA members and qualified labor contractors. It has been designed and will be judged by CTEF Director, Scott Carothers. Clearly, this will be the tile industry’s “Fight of the Century!”

And, as part of the Installation Experience, all attendees will garner new insights on how to become a Certified Tile Installer (CTI). Advanced CTI officials will be onsite to define, discuss and demonstrate just what it takes to be a member of this elite tile contractor organization.

The first-time Installation Experience will come to a conclusion with “At Home, With Tile.” It will be the final installation area… complete with an expansive seating area and large TV screen offering viewers a time-lapsed progress video, highlighting the various construction stages of the various projects slated to take place.

2018 Coverings Feature – MAPEI: A Tour of Atlanta

 

Atlanta’s culture, architecture and urban design have come together to produce a city on the cutting edge. With Coverings 2018 set here, it’s a good time to “take a tour” of some of the newest residential and commercial projects in the South’s hottest city. MAPEI’s full system of products were used to waterproof, level, strengthen and add elegant finishes to five fabulous new projects shown here. 

The Arbor interior pool.

The Arbor at BridgeMill
Canton, Ga.

The Arbor at BridgeMill is a luxurious new senior living community. The expansive campus offers state-of-the-art residences totaling 28 private cottages, 130 resort-style apartments and an exciting range of on-site amenities. Aspire Development Partners designed the community to accommodate retiring baby boomers, empty-nesters and previous homeowners who would like the assistance senior facilities provide without losing independence. 

The Arbor cottage kitchen and backsplash

Each of the spacious cottages features an open-concept floor plan, resort-style living rooms, walk-in closets, walk-in showers, and supportive carpet in the bedrooms. The multi-entryway bathrooms feature barrier free, zero-entry, walk-in showers to eliminate incidence of falls or slips. 

 

The installation team used Mapelastic AquaDefense to waterproof showers along with Mapelastic CI for crack isolation. To set the sand-colored 13” x 13” Daltile Cove Creek tiles in the showers, Ultraflex LHT provided premium performance for a non-sag, non-slump

The Arbor zero entry shower

installation. To grout the shower walls, Pro Floors installers used Ultracolor Plus FA in Pewter for its efflorescence-free application. 

The serene glass tile backsplash was set with Adesilex P10 in each cottage kitchen. Commercial kitchens were set with 8,000 sq. ft. of 8”x 8” Quarry textured tiles from Daltile, using Ultraflex LHT and grouted with Kerapoxy CQ. Moisture issues were solved by using Planiseal MSP, a moisture-control membrane and self-leveling primer with fast track technology. Differentials with foundation walls in pool areas were resolved with Mapecem Quickpatch.

 

Hanover Buckhead Village
Atlanta, Ga.

Top: Buckhead kitchen backsplash
Bottom: Buckhead bathroom floor

Hanover Bulkhead Village is uniquely located in the most prestigious residential location in metro Atlanta for affluent singles and city dwellers. It rises 21 stories, with 350+ units including penthouse suites, a state-of-the-art fitness center and many premier amenities. The luxuriously curved tower was developed by the Houston-based Hanover Company and designed by architectural firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz of Chicago.

 

Installers used Ultraflex LHT to set large 24” x 48” white and gray marbled Calacatta Thorntree tile on walls, floors and the grand staircase in the impressive lobby. The installation crew first prepared the subfloor with Mapeguard UM. Large format 12” x 24” EuroMarmo Calacatta porcelain tiles were set with Ultraflex LHT, and grouted with Ultracolor Plus FA in Frost on bathroom walls, floors and the kitchen backsplash. In a unique and unconventional move, the entire complex utilized Ultraflex LHT mortar to set the condo number markers outside of each residence.

Piedmont House
Atlanta, Ga.

A full system of MAPEI products were used to construct this impressive new high-rise tower in Midtown Atlanta. The living area begins on the seventh floor, sitting atop a six-story parking garage, giving all units a spectacular view of Piedmont Park and the surrounding areas of midtown Atlanta. The complex, designed by Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio, LLC, includes premium amenities on the seventh floor and a second amenity space on the 22nd floor rooftop.

All the tile and wood flooring was installed with MAPEI products. In the urban-inspired lobby, Ultraflex LHT was used to set contemporary 12” x 36” Borneo blue tiles on the entry walls as well as large-format Concreteback Lappato black and Lappato white floor and wall tiles flown in from Spain. Strada Mist Ultraflex LHT was the mortar of choice to set the Veincut Marble polished mosaic tiles; they were grouted with Ultracolor Plus FA. Bathrooms floors and walls were tiled with 12” x 24” Interceramic Porcelain Pewter tiles, using the same products.

A big draw to utilizing MAPEI products was the full system offerings of mortars, grouts, adhesives and self-levelers. “The floors had several flaws when poured, so we used MAPEI products to level them out,” said contractor Sam Munsi. “I’m a big proponent of using all the materials on the job from one brand. When [there is an issue], I want to be able to call one person. This is why I look for full systems like MAPEI.”

Piedmont house bathroom

Piedmont house kitchen

Mercedes-Benz USA Headquarters
Atlanta, Ga.

The three-story, 200,000-sq.-ft. Mercedes-Benz USA Headquarters under construction will house all corporate functions. MBUSA President and CEO Dietmar Exler explained that “the idea of the building is cooperation and working together.” The emphasis on creating communal work areas led the architect Gensler to design exposed offices and collaborative workspaces in multi-functional rooms.

Installers chose Planipatch and Ultraplan 1 Plus to flatten the substrate and level the floors. Keracolor S in Avalanche was used to grout white 6” x 36” Starker Porcelain tiles by Unicom in the building atrium, which doubles as a cafeteria and informal meeting area, as well as the area leading to the adjoining commercial kitchen. Keracolor S was also applied to marbled floors, walls, mosaic tiles in showers and the backsplashes in break rooms. 

Mercedes-Benz USA Headquarters

Nine15 Midtown
Atlanta, Ga.

As part of the revitalization of downtown Atlanta, the historic city is seeing a resurgence of new shops and luxe residential communities. Nine15 Midtown apartments fit right into the walkable landscape of the area’s mixed-use developments, with a design that emphasizes green living (the complex is on track to becoming LEED Certified).

As part of the green vision, interior walls were limited, allowing the kitchen to seamlessly merge into the living room. Floor-to-ceiling windows, airy cloud-colored walls, wood-look tile in Pepe Root hues and glass mosaic backsplashes transform the combined space into a breathable indoor-outdoor experience.

For surface preparation, MAPEI’s 4-to-1 Mud Bed Mix was used in the showers in conjunction with Mapelastic AquaDefense to waterproof the tub surrounds and showers. Ultraflex 2 anchored tiles from Shaw Floors’ Elegance collection, resulting in a glossy and sleek finish. Installers used Adesilex P10 to set the translucent Random linear mosaic tiles by Elysium in the kitchens and bathrooms. For the finishing touch, UltraCare Grout Sealer provided protection against common stains without altering the color of the grout joint. 

Nine15 Midtown

“Let’s Talk Turkey” Regarding Ceramic Tile Trends at Coverings

Turkishceramics will be showcasing its newest products during Coverings 2018 in Atlanta, May 8-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center. These will include tile products beautifully emulating stone, wood and other natural elements from many manufacturers.

Turkey has a long tradition of producing ceramic tile materials… dating back roughly 8,000 years. In 2017, Turkey ranked third in ceramics tile production throughout all of Europe and ninth in all the world. Last year, Turkey exported $552 million US of ceramic tiles and $231 million of ceramic sanitary ware. Germany was the number one importer of Turkish ceramic products; the USA ranked second in ceramic tile and fifth sanitaryware. Today, Turkey is an accepted world leader in the global ceramics industry today due to its abundance of natural resources, high quality ceramic products, innovative design… and, fair business practices. The following companies will be exhibiting at Coverings:

Bien Seramik Booth #8717will be introducing its large-sized products and special collections prepared specifically for the US market at Coverings 2018. These materials include 6” x 36”, 32” x 32”, 24” X 48”,  (15 x 90cm, 80 x 80cm and 60 x 120 cm) sized floor tiles… and, wall tiles offered in a 16” x 46” (40 x 120cm) sized format.

Ege Seramik BOOTH #8621will be featuring “Antwerp,” a sophisticated, glazed porcelain collection characterized by an exquisite matte finish. Available in four earth tones (beige, brown, grey and anthracite) and two sizes (12” x 24” and 24” x 24”), the product has been designed to appear as a mixture of concrete and natural stone. “Suitable for both residential and medium traffic commercial applications, the demand for glazed porcelain tile products in larger formats continues to be in demand worldwide,” stated Semih Susleyen, Sales Manager of Ege Seramik America.  “Products emulate the look and texture of wood, concrete and stone flooring.  Most everyone who sees these products cannot believe they aren’t made of natural stone, wood or poured concrete!”

Seranova Ceramics Booth #5352has introduced its FLORIDA COLLECTION; the firm’s newest series is characterized by the phrase, “where the earth meets with designs.” Tile produced has very sharp, modern lines and additionally, has been designed to have a distinctive, natural wood look. Sizes offered are 8” x 48” (20 x 120 cm) with alternative finishes, Beige, Blue, Grey & White.

TERMAL SERAMIK  Booth # 5161In 2017 Termal Seramik debuted “Porcelain Parquet” wall tiles in sizes  6” x 24” , 6 x 36”, 8 x 48” (15 x 60, 15  x 90, 20 x 120cm) and porcelain floor tiles sized 24” x 24” (60 x 60cm) with beautiful new natural stone looks . The firm has made major investments, enlarging its capacity in 2018, expanding its production with new product sizes, such as 24” x 48” and 18” x 36” (60 x 120, 45 x 90cm) using Lappato production technology.

Yurtbay Seramiks Booth #5330  With an accomplished branding culture, Yurtbay Seramiks always introduces a new series when participating at Coverings. Considering that the American marketplace is the firm’s second largest export partner, Yurtbay brings to Coverings 2018 strategically developed new product lines including De Lorem, Larix, Core, Betokent, Mat & Bright Series, Nuvola, Pine, Style and Columbus. These new materials all reflect an inspiration from nature, and are offered in a myriad of sizes.  Show attendees will see delightful products ranging from attractive wood and concrete “looks” to durable countertop materials. Yurtbay takes its direction from its love of design, keeping in mind modern trends specified by the professional and selected by the consumer.

Usak Seramik – Booth #5338

Usak’s Black Marble and Muğla White

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Turkish Manufacturers exhibiting at Coverings 2018:

Akgun (Duratiles) – Booth #1011

www.duratiles.com.tr

 

Vitra – Booth #B140

www.vitra.com.tr

ABOUT TURKISHCERAMICS  – Booth #5346

Turkishceramics is a group for ceramic manufacturers and exporters in Turkey. Representing over 30 individual companies, the group’s mission is to raise awareness of Turkish ceramics abroad and communicate the quality of Turkish ceramic sanitary ware and tiles. Ceramic production in Turkey has a long history and rich tradition, with the first ceramics being created in Anatolia over 8,000 years ago. Turkish ceramic producers are proud to continue this tradition of innovation today with a creative approach and a broad range of products for both the professional and consumer markets.

Twitter: @landofceramics

Website: www.turkishceramics.com

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Rukiye Yarbay | E: [email protected]| T: +90 (312) 447 27 40 / 125

 

Position available: Project Manager, Sanders Hyland Corporation

Project Manager
Southeastern United States

Company Description:

Sanders Hyland Corporation is a large and growing commercial flooring contractor based in Mobile, AL.  Founded in 1988 our commitment to quality and value has made us a leading force in the commercial flooring industry.  We operate mainly in the Southeast with offices in Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama, Gulfport, Mississippi and sales agents in Nashville, TN.  We’ve completed more than 4000 projects, ranging from $ 100,000 to over $14 million.

Sanders Hyland Corporation’s mission is to exceed our customer’s standard of excellence with integrity and professionalism in a safe environment on every project.

Project Manager Responsibilities:

Manage large commercial flooring projects which includes:

  • Manage day-to-day operational aspects of assigned projects
  • Coordinate and manage flooring personnel on assigned projects
  • Execute conflict resolution effectively to ensure success on each project
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication with clients, other subcontractors, and project personnel to execute the project
  • Provide leadership in Sanders Hyland Corporation through building relationships, motivating others, providing clear direction and cooperative teamwork.
  • Communicate and interact with clients, potential clients and subcontractors to identify and pursue potential work.

Project Manager Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in construction management is preferred. A combination of education and work experience will also be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in all aspects of project Managing, Planning and Construction processing.
  • Must be familiar with all types of flooring materials (including but not limited to:hard tile, fabrication stones, all soft goods such as carpet, etc.)
  • Must be familiar with all components associated with flooring materials listed above (underlayments, grouts, waterproofing, etc.)
  • Must be able to read and take official drawings and specifications
  • Experience on large commercial jobs
  • Must be an excellent communicator with organizational skills and leadership qualities

Benefits/Salary:

  • Salary negotiable
  • 401K
  • Employee Health Insurance
  • Vehicle Allowances
  • Paid time off

Email resumes to [email protected]

April 2018 Feature – Merkrete Systems

Theatre is considered a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers to present the experience of a real or imagined event before an audience in a specific place, often a stage. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music, and dance.

In a project where collaboration is the name of the game, each and every detail, no matter how large or small, makes all the difference in the final presentation – or the final act. The Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre in Cedar City, Utah, celebrated its opening night on July 7, 2016 and the collaborative efforts of all involved shaped the debut into a resounding success.

An open-air space, The Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre is reminiscent of Elizabethan theaters but with modern amenities and technology. As the symbolic home of the Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF), it features plays by Shakespeare and other playwrights whose works are appropriate for its outdoor Elizabethan-inspired architecture.  It is also used for educational programming for Southern Utah University. 

The new outdoor Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre is the centerpiece of Southern Utah University’s $39 million Beverley Center for the Arts (named for the late philanthropist Beverley Taylor Sorenson), which also houses USF’s new 200-seat Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre and the $8 million Southern Utah Museum of Art.  The arts complex, built around the existing Randall L. Jones Theatre, spreads across two city blocks. Theater company facilities include a new ticket office, administrators’ offices, costume and scenic shops and rehearsal halls, as well as company dressing rooms and a multiplicity of patron restrooms.

Developed in collaboration between Big D Construction, NTCA Five Star Contractor Superior Tile & Marble, and Blalock & Partners, the theater seats approximately 921 and is named for the Ralph J. and Betty Engelstad family, which was a major donor toward the building.  

Vision and functionality come together

Blalock and Partners teamed with Brooks + Scarpa, and Coen + Partners to create the new arts campus, which includes the new USF facility, the new Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), and the existing Randall Jones Theater. The three buildings are connected by an intricate landscape design inspired by medieval gardens of England and France. The new Engelstad theater pays respect to the old Adams Theatre in its overall configuration, yet adds a touch of refinement and modernism in its execution.

The exterior tile and stone installations throughout the building perfectly match this high-class, theatrical aesthetic, as each piece was masterfully chosen and strategically placed for an extra touch of glamour and ensured functionality.

When Superior Tile & Marble was approached by Big D Construction to supply the high-performing materials they required, Superior knew they’d need a trusted and top-quality installation system to ensure a job well done. Upon reviewing the scope of the project, all answers pointed definitively to Merkrete, a leader in waterproofing, crack-isolation and setting-materials technology. 

Superior’s work on the exterior of SUU’s Shakespeare Theatre consisted of over 15,000 sq.ft. of bush-hammered granite, 2,000 sq. ft. of 6” thick cubic granite, and almost 1,800 sq.ft. of mechanically anchored granite. Due to the exceptionally harsh weather, Superior partnered with Merkrete for versatile and high-performing installation products they can trust.

A versatile solution fastens the deal

The stone cladding provided elegance and durability on the walls and entryway to the building. “For those types of exterior installations, we generally use Merkrete’s 200/211 System,” said Casey Stewart, Superior Project Manager. “This easy-to-use, two-part system has excellent physical properties in adhesion, resiliency, water resistance, and shock and weather resistance.” 

Operations Manager Todd Robinson added, “The 200/211 System from Merkrete has excellent results when used in challenging exterior facade installations. For many projects, particularly this one, we relied on Merkrete for their technical expertise.”

Because of the size and thickness of the stone (up to 24” x 36” x 1” thick), Superior needed a versatile product that could address several specific needs at the same time: a high-performing adhesive product that will stand up to the extreme weather conditions and also double as a grout. Since both Robinson and Stewart have experience with Merkrete’s Integra, an all-in-one thinset and grout product, he knew Merkrete could assist with a solution.

Merkrete’s Sales Representative on the job, Railin Hunt, said, “I immediately knew that Merkrete’s 200/211 System could be modified in color and would be the perfect product for these requirements. Its flexibility allows it to perform as a grout and the color could be matched to the jobsite requirements. You don’t usually get that in a single product.” 

This solution was tested and perfected prior in another Superior Tile & Marble installation when the term, “The Lombard Method” was coined because the walls were spread with the adhesive, then mortar was placed on two sides of each tile and set, similar to the methods of striking brick. 

Merkrete proved the perfect match for a specific challenge again, considering the strength of the mortar it called for. “We used large and heavy natural stone, which requires a mortar with a super-high bondability that can handle the weight of the panels,” said Robinson. Hunt added, “Merkrete 200/211 System is a two-component, multi-purpose, polymer-modified setting adhesive for installing extra-large-format porcelain, ceramic tile and natural stone for both floors and walls, and can be used as thin- or medium-bed setting adhesive for stone. Merkrete proved it could hold its weight, eliminating the need for different grout products and allowing Superior the versatility it required.”

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…

Part of the challenge in this project involved extreme weather. It was critical that Superior chose a company who would be able to get the products delivered when required and the job completed on time. Merkrete is a member of ParexGroup, one of the largest companies and a worldwide leader in tile setting materials, façade finishes and technical mortars, established in 22 countries with 68 manufacturing plants and over 4,100 employees. “Merkrete was perfect for this project’s requirements, because we have plants and distribution centers all over the country, so our turnaround time and ability to get customized products there quickly were no problem,” said Hunt. 

The Festival now plays to over 110,000 patrons who view nearly 300 plays each year in three theaters over a 16-week season. Each year the Festival produces eight or nine professional plays. In keeping with its mission to entertain, enrich, and educate its audiences, the Festival also offers a variety of activities such as orientations, literary and production seminars, classes, workshops, and backstage tours – making it a true destination theater, and one of Utah’s cultural treasures.

Marazzi Tile

Explore Costa Clara™

Capture the essence of artisanal hand-made tiles with Costa Clara™. This luminous wall tile with translucent glaze and soft undulations, is available in ten lavish colors for a refined coastal feel. Mix two wall sizes with a coordinating rail liner or jolly trim for a custom effect.

 

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