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Fireproofing for Seniors’ Safety


The Tommy Gun’s mixer has been lowered closer to the ground to help reduce operator fatigue.

The newly redesigned Putzmeister Tommy Gun® A3 Series Fireproofing Pump was selected to fireproof the NHC Place at the Trace assisted living and skilled nursing center.

The crew from Safway sprays fireproofing on all the beams to the UL required thickness of one inch (25.4 mm).

The machine ensured consistent spraying of the 1,300 bags of MK-6/HY SFRM required for the job

The $38 million, three-story center will total more than 137,160 square feet (41,806 m2).

The newly redesigned Tommy Gun features a 13-cubic-foot (4m3) hydraulic lift and dump paddle mixer.

Fireproofing for Seniors’ Safety

Tennessee assisted living center gets fireproofed using innovative, new Putzmeister equipment.

One of the most important considerations in designing and constructing a healthcare facility is the safety of its future staff and guests. Thus, one of the major building elements for the new $38 million assisted living and skilled nursing center being constructed in Bellevue, TN, called NHC Place at the Trace (NHC), consists of fireproofing the facility from top to bottom. That phase of the three-story center totaling more than 137,160 square feet (41,806 m2) is being completed with the help of a brand new Putzmeister Tommy Gun® A3 Series Fireproofing Pump.

The project’s general contractor, Nashville-based American Constructors, turned to the expertise of Safway Services (Safway), a diverse, International company offering a variety of services, including insulation solutions, to execute the fireproofing work and attic insulation required at the site.

Coordinating Logistics
As with most construction projects, coordinating the various trades is one of the more challenging responsibilities of the general contractor, and the NHC job is no different. For this project, after the elevated slabs are poured, the drywall contractors come in and install “Z” clips on all the beams that will have a wall attached to them. Next, Safway sprays fireproofing using a Putzmeister Tommy Gun® A3 Series Fireproofing Pump on all the beams to the UL required thickness of one inch (25.4 mm), and cleans and disposes of any overspray from the floor.

The newly redesigned Tommy Gun, which features a 13-cubic-foot (4m3) hydraulic lift and dump paddle mixer, is being used to spray approximately 45,000-square-feet  (13,716m2) of spray-applied fire-resistive material (SFRM) for the project.

“The new Tommy Gun model has made huge improvements for our operators,” said Wendell Kimbrough, regional manager for Safway. “The hydraulic lift has reduced the footprint required for setup, which is a great benefit when working around other teams of subcontractors. And the mixer that has been lowered closer to the ground reduces operator fatigue.”

Consistency is Key
With Safway’s fireproofing responsibilities on the project lasting for up to 40 days, it is important for the company to ensure consistent spraying of the 1,300 bags of MK-6/HY SFRM required. The new blade design of the Tommy Gun is helping to make that happen.

“Not only does the new blade improve the thoroughness of the mix and reduces the amount of dry material build-up on the walls of the drum, but it also ensures material is mixed well in the time frame set forth by the various manufacturers,” explained Kimbrough. “We’ve been really impressed with the new model’s performance.”

End Result
When NHC Place at the Trace opens in Spring 2016, it will comprise 172 beds, 90 of which will be skilled nursing with the remaining 82 for assisted living, to help serve the area’s growing senior population and offer them a safe place to call home.