For fans of
the Kansas City Royals, the 2009 season opened on a substantially
revamped stadium. The objective of the renovations was a new stadium
feel without building a new stadium.
would be a stretch to suggest that the expansion joints chosen for the
makeover contributed to "feel" of the ballpark, they nonetheless are
integral in ensuring the experience is not dampened by leaks and drafts.
EMSEAL is no stranger to
Kaufmann Stadium. The association began over 10 years ago when
THERMAFLEX was used to retrofit failed joints in the concourses.
This time around, EMSEAL's vastly expanded
stadium expansion joint product selection provide the designer and
owner with options to suit multiple conditions.
The Royals are joining dozens of other stadium owners in
benefiting from EMSEAL's
SYSTEM --a preformed, precompressed, silicone and
sealant. DSM was selected for areas where no blockouts existed
in the concrete floors. It was expedient to lay tile up to the
joints and install the DSM SYSTEM into the finished joint gaps.
Watertight transitions around columns were easily executed in the field.
SYSTEM coordinates well with the color scheme of the stadium and ensures
a durable and watertight joint filler.
Access tunnels, accessible
routes, and other areas where heavy loads and high point-loads have
previously deteriorated lesser systems, EMSEAL's
FS 135 MIGUTRANS joint was deployed.
The FS 135
series provides a smooth rolling surface regardless of its width and not
only can it open and close with thermal changes, the FS 135 is capable
of omni-directional motion caused by load transfer, shear and other
to the vertical-plane wall joints was handled with
COLORSEAL (barely visible in the photo at Left).
close-up COLORSEAL with its tensionless silicone bellows chosen from a
wide color selection blends unobtrusively with the polished and
textured concrete block substrates.
Looking good is one thing.
Performance is another more serious matter altogether. COLORSEAL
It features non-invasive anchoring--no
screws that violate substrate integrity.
It is also free of any
other metal components like rails that impart a thermal bridge in the
COLORSEAL, with an R-value of 3.28 per inch of depth,
ensures that external weather is held at bay while HVAC climate control
is properly contained inside the building.
Transitional areas from
covered concourses to open-air concourse where existing joint gaps were
larger than 4-inches (100mm) and where blockouts in the concrete already
existed, were treated with EMSEAL's
split-slab decks (decks or concourses with a buried, structural,
or SJS-FP are the alternatives.
Stadium, premolds were replaced with THERMAFLEX.
Factory-fabricated, welded and reinforced transitions ensure
watertightness in changes in direction in the joint system. This
feature is possible through the engineered, custom solutions approach of
dedicated tech team and also by the choice of Santoprene
thermoplastic rubber as the base material of the THERMAFLEX systems.
Revenue loss in affected
concession areas, damage to equipment in storage rooms, disgruntled
athletes and suite patrons are all consequences of leaks at expansion
joints. Energy loss, structural deterioration, and costly repairs
are all the result of
short-term thinking in expansion joint selection.
Elimination of these
problems in new sports venue construction as well as in retrofit of
existing structures is a central focus of EMSEAL's.
The approach is grounded
in a collaborative process centered on joint treatment that requires all
of these parties to
detail, specify, construct, fabricate, and install
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