Bayseal® CC Spray Foam Insulation Chosen for Restoration and Renovation of Historic Detroit Landmark
BaySystems™ donates to sustainable redevelopment initiative in midtown Detroit
SPRING, TEXAS, August 4, 2010 — BaySystems™, the global polyurethane systems business of Bayer MaterialScience, helped the urban renewal effort in Detroit’s historic Sugar Hill district by donating their Bayseal® CC (closed-cell) spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation on a recently completed and highly sustainable renovation project. The renovation and retrofit of the building formerly known as Garfield Manor, which is two miles north of downtown and includes live/work and retail spaces for artists, is expected to reduce energy usage below 50% of current ASHRAE standards.
Bayseal® CC SPF enhances the other energy-efficiency strategies used in the facility, which include solar panels, 30 geothermal wells, a white roof, and rainwater harvesting. Bayseal® CC SPF was chosen for its superior ability to minimize air leaks and provide a seamless air barrier in the building envelope.
“Having this building insulated with Bayseal® spray polyurethane foam gives the building a 74% efficiency rating,” said Doyle Sutherland, project manager for MEP Construction, general contractor for the project. “In turn, the improved efficiency helped us reduce the scope of work for the geothermal field. Together, the SPF and geothermal really saved us on the budget, schedule and energy consumption.”
Originally built in 1921, the building at 71 E. Garfield is part of a larger redevelopment effort of the Sugar Hill district, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The area was decimated by the crack cocaine epidemic in the mid-1980s. Upon completion, the revived Sugar Hill Arts District will include three blocks of mixed-income housing, commercial buildings, and art-related facilities, all intended to reinvigorate this urban area next to Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center.
The facility will serve as a demonstration project for other area redevelopment. Local artists designed eight different “dream lofts” to showcase interior decorating possibilities. Displays throughout the building call attention to the various sustainable elements, such as a clear plastic panel covering over an area of the Bayseal® CC SPF insulation.
“We are very proud to be a part of a watershed project such as this,” said Renee Zierden, general manager, BaySystems™. “Not only will our Bayseal® product maximize the sustainable attributes of the facility, but this project will be a strong, visible symbol to the surrounding community that progress is possible. And by reinvesting in historic buildings, we are able to respect the past and make it a part of a greener future.”
The project team included Garfield Real Estate Properties, Quinn Evans Architects and MEP Construction. Detroit Spray Foam LLC supplied and installed the Bayseal® CC SPF.
Funding for the $6 million project came from various sources including city and state grants, several sustainable and redevelopment tax credits, and two major non-profits, the University Center Cultural Association and the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan.
Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of polymers and high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,300 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2009 sales of 7.5 billion euros. The company manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries. Sustainability is central to Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, excellence in corporate management, social responsibility and respect for the environment.
BaySystems™ manufactures spray polyurethane foam systems for residential and commercial buildings and provides a complementary family of roofing, insulation, coatings and primers.
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