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July 23, 2020


Photo by Brian Wing
The total coverage was about 200,000 square feet of Portland cement plaster.

The Village at Mary’s Woods

Location: Portland

Contractor: Desert Sage Wall Systems LLC

Architect: Ankrom Moisan

Team: Evergreen Building Products, Clark Dietrich/Vinyl Corp., HILTI, Sto Corp.

The Mary’s Woods Village project is part of a retirement community in Portland. When finished, the job included a two-story community center; four three-story residential buildings; two two-story retail building shells; and a one-story retail building — plus improved monument signs at the main entrance.

The total coverage was about 200,000 square feet of Portland cement plaster over a fluid-applied membrane and drainage mat, plus 60,000 square feet of fluid-applied membrane under other claddings. Roxul insulation and furring was installed in the community center. Quikrete Scratch and Brown Coat was used for the stucco base coats, and Sto BTS Plus and mesh was installed at the floor line and around all windows and doors. The plaster was completed with Powerflex Finish by Sto Corp.

When working on a project over 400 miles from the home office, the contractor had to carefully plan and coordinate the material orders and deliveries, especially as the site expanded and laydown storage area dwindled. During the rainy season, it was a challenge to install fluid-applied membrane and stucco. However, the commitment and coordination of the team — the ownership group, the architect, general contractor, and the subcontractors — prevented many problems.

Judges’ comment: “The Village at Mary’s Woods is a tremendous example of the timeless beauty of Portland cement plaster on a massive scale.”

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