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The Union Wharf complex in Baltimore used Icynene Classic spray foam insulation

The 280-unit Union Wharf apartment development by The Bozzuto Group, overlooks the Inner Harbor of the Patapsco River in the trendy and historic area of Fell’s Point in Baltimore and incorporates a range of green and modern features including a 150-foot infinity edge pool, a fitness and yoga center, as well as a cyber cafe.

Situated on a wharf in the heart of Baltimore, the four story community presented a number of challenges that encouraged architectural firm, Hord Coplan Macht, and Bozzuto Construction contractors and sub-contractors, including local spray foam contractor AC&R Insulation, to think outside the box to ensure the building was constructed as envisioned and on schedule.  Given that it was located in a historic area, the site offered contractors very limited options and space for delivery and parking, which also meant that storage space for building materials, was at a premium. This prompted Bozzuto Construction to think of new ways to bring their materials onto the site and maintain open access routes for other contractors.  

By addressing the multiple challenges that contractors faced, innovation flourished. Contractors were allowed to locate their trailers on floating barges docked in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, which freed up the limited available on-site space. Additionally, the use of portable equipment devices allowing for the movement of construction materials from one floor to the next made sure that sub-contractors had the ability to move needed materials without obstructions or impediments. A 150-foot tower crane was also employed to bring materials and equipment into the building which helped ensure there were minimal delays during construction. For any materials that required protection from the cold Baltimore winter nights, temporary heater boxes were fabricated on site to keep the materials warm.

In order to create an energy-efficient and environmentally-sensitive building, Union Wharf was designed to achieve LEED® Silver certification. This required the use sustainable materials, including durable and energy efficient insulation, to ensure it met sustainability requirements while also providing the desired thermal performance and occupant comfort.

Local spray foam contractor AC&R Insulation was recruited to install both low density open cell spray foam insulation and some medium density spray foam into the 280-unit apartment community. More than 50 sets of foam containers were used throughout the project and the insulation sub-contractors ensured that job-site safety was maintained both during the spray application and 24 hours after application.  While both of these insulation materials provide thermal comfort and air sealing, they individually offer additional benefits for both the designers and the residents. The low density open cell spray foam provides excellent thermal performance and sound absorption properties ensuring a more comfortable, quieter living space without disturbance from neighbors or outside traffic.

Read the whole story about this amazing green project here.

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