Polishing the Jewel
Westminster Communities, one of the three sub-developers working on the redevelopment, is building townhouses, condominiums and first-floor retail at Wesley Grove at Asbury Park. The first building, The St. James, will be completed in the spring of 2007, and it will consist of town homes, duplexes and condo flats. Phase II of Wesley Grove will feature several hundred residential units.
A diamond without flawsThe developers of a project this size must consider everything-historical preservation, aesthetic appeal, mixed use design and of course, good construction. The selection of construction materials had to be based on not only an aesthetic appeal but proven performance for the climate and environment. As an ocean front city, corrosion of metal products exposed to salt spray would be an issue to consider.
The design for Wesley Grove, a mixed residential and retail project, called for stucco as part of the exterior cladding. In an effort to avoid the potential for rusting problems with the metal lath required in a stucco system, the contractor, ACIES Group LLC, worked with the project manager of Westminster Communities to substitute a new, non-metallic product.
In fact, once the decision was made to use the non-corrosive lath, other substitutions were made to ensure that the use of metal products was minimized on the exterior. None of the trim accessories are metal; all of the bead work, expansion joints and cornerbeads are vinyl, as are most of the flashings.
Having used PermaLath before, ACIES Group was eager to use PermaLath 1000 on the Wesley Grove project.
"PermaLath is much easier to work with," explains Mykhaylo Paranchak, general foreman on the project. "It doesn't cut your hands and it's quicker to install."
"We see at least a 25 percent reduction in time using PermaLath vs. metal lath," explains Paranchak. "It is easier to carry and cut so we don't need as many laborers on site. With a high rise like this, you'd need people to take the material to the top. At only 31 pounds per roll, it's easy to pass the material to another worker on the next floor."
While PermaLath and PermaLath 1000 provide the same benefits, PermaLath 1000 was used because the stucco was required to be 3/4 inch thick on this project. PermaLath is used for stucco up to 1/2 inch thick.