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Built to Last Choosing the Right Material for Your Building BY STEVEN CUTLER ABO Developments talked with CEO Raymond Saleeby and executives at Remco Maintenance and Restoration, the largest maintenance and restoration company in the Northeast, about the best materials available today for your job and how to keep them looking good and lasting longest. W hatever the budget for development or renovation of the exteriors and interiors of a building, choosing the right materials at the onset and a proper maintenance plan will save on costs in the long run. Class A: If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It “Buildings that are striking to tenants command a lot greater price per square foot,” says Saleeby. “For example, buildings in New York that have a natural finish bronze command a higher rate.” A versatile metal, bronze can be polished to a finish with high reflectance or to a matte, and lends itself well to gilding. Used extensively for ornamentation in residential buildings in the early 20th century, bronze is still used in doors and windows, frames, railings, elevators, escalators, lamps, and hardware. “In the ‘80s Donald Trump got something going with bronze,” says Remco’s Senior Account Manager, Robert Coffey, “but it was in a mirror finish polish that is starting to fade out now. Some of our clients have decided to move away from natural finish bronze or mirrored finish bronze because they found it is a difficult look to maintain. They’ve asked us to convert it to a dark finish bronze. In many cases they chemically oxidize it to look like a statue.” Still, according to James DuBon, Remco’s vice president of sales, a great many Class A building owners appreciate the value of mirror polished bronze. But to economize, they use it sparingly. “They use it on the lower level where they get more bang for their buck — in the lobby, at entrances and maybe even the canopy.” To those who do choose a natural or mirror fi nish, Saleeby explains, “bronze has to be refi nished periodically, and maintained on an ongoing basis,” and only by highly trained metalwork specialists, he adds. “Done improperly, you could not only lose the luster, but you could damage the metal.” To prevent bronze, a copper-based metal, from oxidizing quickly, a new protective coating should be applied on an annual basis, especially on handrails and other areas that people touch. Spring 2011 | 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABO Developments - Spring 2011

ABO Developments - Spring 2011
A Letter from the Executive Director
In Memoriam: Nick LaPorte Remembered
Vision 2020: Redeveloping NYC's Waterfront
Built to Last
ABO Industry News Update
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers Dot Com

ABO Developments - Spring 2011