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Insul-Tech Inc. Meets the Challenges of a Washington DC Treasure

Tuesday, March 10, 2020   (0 Comments)
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The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC -- designated a historic landmark in 2001-- is undergoing a three-year major modernization designed to create a world-class library that truly transforms lives.


In January of 2018 Insul-Tech was called upon to insulate all indoor and outdoor HVAC pipe and ductwork as well as the plumbing pipe for the Library’s renovation project. The fast-paced time-frame and environmental conditions of this multi-year project presented Insul-Tech with a series of unique challenges: “Managing the schedule and building conditions with our mechanical contractor was challenging,” reports Matt Stillitano, VP of Insul-Tech. “Since the building was not dried in we were constantly moving around to different areas for install so our insulation would not be damaged by the weather. I credit good communications and the expertise of our onsite management team for limiting our risks and exposure to costly mishaps.”


All products on the MLK project were supplied by Specialty Products & Insulation (SPI), a valued Insul-Tech partner and an instrumental part of the project’s success. Products used included Pittsburgh Corning Cellular Glass. Owens Corning products included: FG ASJ Max Pipe Covering, SOFTR Duct Wrap, and FG Pipe & Tank Wrap. Additional products included Armaflex Black LapSeal Rubber Tubing and ITW Metal Jacketing.


Despite the challenges that came with this project, Insul-Tech pushed forward and completed a quality project in November of 2019. “I have always challenged Insul-Tech Inc. to take on difficult projects,” says Matt. “Not all contractors are willing to take on the same level of risk but if you can effectively manage a challenging project and complete the job on time and under budget, you will solidify your reputation as a reliable contractor for future work.”


The new Martin Luther King Jr. library is expected to open in the fall of 2020 and will become the center of activity for the already vibrant downtown D.C. area. The flagship building will house a spectacular auditorium and conference center, creative spaces for fabrication, music production and art creation, a newly designed special collections space for research enthusiasts, and a rooftop event space with a reading terrace. 


Article Featured in ESICA Review 2020, Volume 1