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May 8, 2017

Renovation/Restoration Exterior • Oregon

Photo from NWCB
High ocean humidity required dehumidifiers, heaters, fans and many days to dry each wall.

U.S. Coast Guard Yaquina Bay Boat Maintenance Facility

Location: Newport

Contractor: Applied Restoration

Architect: U.S. Coast Guard Civil Engineering Unit

Team: Commencement Bay Construction Products, Dryvit Systems

This boat maintenance facility was built on a Coast Guard pier jutting out into Yaquina Bay on the Oregon coast and endured decades of extreme coastal weather. The first challenge was that this building is surrounded by water on all sides, even underneath. Since the project was started in December, the building had no protection from harsh weather from the Pacific Ocean.

All water and contaminates had to be contained so nothing leaked into the bay. A scaffold was installed around the building with a waterproof tarp system with a breakaway requirement for winds exceeding 40 mph for safety, which happened twice.

Another challenge was replacing all the rusted-out electrical junction boxes. After EIFS patching, the whole system was overlaid with a reinforcing base coat using Dryvit fiberglass mesh embedded in Dryvit non-cementitious base coat and a new Dryvit Quarzputz acrylic finish.

Using 100 percent acrylic base coats and finishes required air-drying. Surrounded by ocean water, the high humidity required dehumidifiers, heaters, fans and many days to dry each wall and coat. Finally, new silicone sealants were installed to give the building a fresh watertight facade that will withstand decades of weather.

Judge’s comment: “At first glance this project is clean and solid but not extraordinary. On second glance, you realize the weather, moisture and regulatory challenges involved, and what a feat of project management it actually was.”

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