Podium Projects Pose New Challenges
Eric Marsal and Scott Hughes
Podium projects continue to rise as urban redevelopment soars. People are choosing to move back into the city to live, work and shop in close proximity. In many metropolises, podium construction (which becomes multi-family or mixed use) is growing vertically and exponentially.
“We’ve seen exponential growth of this type of residential construction in Multi-Family firms lately, especially Type IIIB construction. The requirements for IIIB area separation walls can be up to 3 hours, and finding the right design can be challenging for your specific project,” says Eric Marsal, National Gypsum construction design manager for the Southeast/Gulf region.
When you specify the right products for these projects, you can put your mind at ease. Our products offer excellent solutions to ensure an adequate fire rating and help guard your buildings against damaging elements like rain and moisture. We also have gypsum board designed to withstand more surface abrasion and impact.
Whether it is a residence or a business, another important consideration is sound barrier and environmental quality. With so many shared walls, do your building designs help minimize noise and maximize health?
According to Scott Hughes, National Gypsum construction design manager for the Northeast/Atlantic region: “Anytime you mix retail with residence, sound becomes a huge issue. How do you separate the noise of weight rooms, retail stores and cafés from the residential units? SoundBreak® XP® helps provide the needed sound resistance as well as mold and abuse resistance you are sure to be concerned about in podium construction.”
Gold Bond® brand SoundBreak® XP® 5/8" Gypsum Board has an acoustically enhanced, dense gypsum core encased in abrasion and mold/mildew/moisture-resistant PURPLE® paper. It is ideal for wall assemblies where sound transmission between rooms or dwelling units is a concern.
If you have residential or mixed use on the drawing board, National Gypsum products will give you a solid foundation. For more tips on products to integrate into your podium projects, contact your construction design manager today. We’re here to help you design better.
Gold Bond® brand PURPLE® eXP® Products
To construct a lightweight fire barrier for cavity shaftwalls, stairwells and area separation walls in multi-family housing units, the PURPLE® coated fiberglass facers on Gold Bond® brand eXP® Shaftliner will stay dimensionally stable under changes in temperature and humidity. This hard-working panel resists warping, rippling, buckling and sagging. And it’s so easy to install.
Are you protecting your vision throughout its evolution, from start to finish and beyond? If your project will be exposed to wind, rain, snow and extreme temperatures for extended periods, our PURPLE® Gold Bond® brand eXP® Sheathing has you covered!
Ask us today how these PURPLE® eXP® products can help you with your podium-style projects.
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