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The Pier Homes at Harborview


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Project Name

The Pier Homes at Harborview

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Year Completed



88 sq. feet


Obrecht-Pheonix Contractors, Inc.

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Project Description

One of the challenges to this award-winning project was the fact that the rooftops for which a waterproof membrane was required, were situated over the Inner Harbor of Baltimore. A durable membrane was needed for these decks, as they would face harsh weather conditions such as high winds, rain and snow. Not only that, but the workers were required to wear full body harnessess for fall protection as well as life jackets in case they took a fall into the water. Finishing the edges which hung over the water looked to be an issue as well.

Duradek was chosen by the architect, Paul Marks of Marks Thomas Architects, because of its overwhelming success on similar projects around Baltimore. Not only was it approved for use over living space, it would stand up to the weather conditions in the Inner Harbor. Since the applicators had to wear so much safety gear, the one day installation technique of Duradek proved quite useful. The edges were completed using a boom-lift which was on a floating barge that was constantly moving on the water.

Job Notes: while no applicators were harmed while completing this project, a step-ladder and some hand tools did find their way to the bottom of Baltimore's Inner Harbor!
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