What were those “or equal” products that Shocker’s persistence got included on the spec? The specification called for large quantities of products to be used between the hotel and the waterpark: 430,000 sq. ft. (39 948 m2) of self-leveling and waterproofing to be installed in the interior floors and shower walls of the hotel and the waterpark (Novoplan 2, ECO Prim Grip, Mapesil T and Mapelastic AquaDefense). In addition, the spec required 100,000 sq. ft. (9 290 m2) of ceramic/porcelain/quarry installation products (Ultracolor Plus FA, Mapelastic AquaDefense, Ultraflex 2, MAPEI Ultralite Mortar, Ultraflex LFT, Kerapoxy CQ, ECO Prim Grip and Novoplan 2 Plus). “The hotel has 324 suites with restrooms and kitchens all using MAPEI systems. It also has a large lobby and other foyer areas,” Shocker said.
Located in a rural area of Sullivan County, NY, the large-scale commercial construction project required a 15-man crew and a year’s work to complete. Shocker explained that whether working on the hotel or the waterpark of this massive project, the BK Tile & Stone crew “trowel-applied the thin-set materials and used rollers and/or spray equipment to apply the waterproofing depending upon the application.”
The project ran from July 2018 to January 2019, with the resort and waterpark officially opening on May 10, 2019. “This project uses complete MAPEI systems,” Shocker said. “It is also a great example of providing customer service and product deliveries to a remote location. Both the contractor and the owners are happy with the MAPEI experience – people and products. And we have gained a lot of new business as the result of this project. Now, BK is giving our distributors more and more purchase orders since the completion of this job.”
But perhaps the main lesson of this project is to trust your instincts and to visit those jobsite trailers. Shocker concurred, “Boy, am I glad I took the ride to check up on the jobsite that day!” Talk about a gamble paying off!
The Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark – Monticello, NY, USA
Year of construction: 2018-2019
Year of MAPEI involvement: 2018-2019
Where MAPEI products were used: 430,000 sq. ft. (39 948 m2) of self-leveling and waterproofing in the hotel and waterpark; and 100,000 sq. ft. (9 290 m2) of ceramic, porcelain and quarry tile installation in the hotel and waterpark
Project owner: Adelaar HWP, LLC
Distributors: Daltile Albany and ProTile
Contractor: Suffolk Construction
Installer: BK Tile & Stone Inc.
Project manager: Andrew Schoch
MAPEI coordinator: Darin Shocker
Challenges: Due to the project’s remote location, manning the crew and delivering product to the site posed difficulties that had to be considered when planning and managing the project