The Japan based Kyodo Yushi Manufacturing Company which develops and manufactures grease for heavy construction equipment built their first manufacturing plant in the United States. The newly constructed 13,160 sq. ft. office space for a manufacturing facility erected in Maize, Kansas, a rapidly developing suburb of Wichita, Kansas. The Kyodo Yushi building is designed to develop and manufacture grease, staff engineers and a sales team. The architect and designers initial products spec’d (epoxy floor, and stainless steel panels) were changed to Starnet products by our sales and design team. To achieve these design specification, we worked with the client and general contractor to modify the exterior material from metal panels to 6,341 sf. of 18x36 tile. By making this change and using 2 different shades of tile, we were able to create a contrasting visual that the owner wanted since the initial design planning stages. The interior floor of the building was originally specified as epoxy. Since our company is not in the Epoxy floor business our sales team worked directly with the owner and the owner’s designer to switch the 8,865 sq. ft. area from Epoxy to Mannington Biospec sheet vinyl.
Unique Installation Challenge Strategy
The original timeline of the exterior tile installation allowed installation during fall temperatures. The project timeline moved up, therefore placing the installation during the summer months. Knowing the temperature of the exterior walls would be an issue, we began the process by taking the surface temperature of the walls, gaining a reading of 120 degrees at In order to cool the walls to a temperature that would allow for successful installation, we purchased tarps to surround the building and worked with the GC to bring in cooling units to run inside the tented area. We adjusted our typical working hours to install from 8:00 pm to 4:30am.