GE SILICONES

Customer:

The Octagon, originally constructed in 1839, is located on Roosevelt Island in Manhattan, N.Y., and is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes.

Challenge:

The Octagon, a decrepit and unstable building, needed to be rebuilt while mimicking the original structure.

Solution:

SilPruf sealant, an excellent candidate to consider for both weathersealing and structural glazing applications, was chosen to install the glass windows.

Results:

SilPruf can provide excellent long-term resistance to natural weathering, including ultraviolet radiation, high and low tempera-tures and rain and snow, with negligible change in elasticity.

 

                         :Octagon Tower:

Long-Lasting Silicone Performance

Roosevelt Island in Manhattan, N.Y., is home to the Octagon. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designed by Alexander Jackson Davis, the Octagon was initially constructed in 1839 and opened in 1841. Arson and other factors rendered the Octagon decrepit and unusable for the past few decades.

 

Superior Products and Service:

In 2002, Becker and Becker of Fairfield, Conn., stabilized the Octagon Tower—the only remnant from the original structure—and designed two wings extending south and west of the Tower mimicking the layout of the original structure. The new construction allowed for 500 apartment units, a swimming pool, interior courtyard, fitness center, screening room, clubroom and gallery.

The caulking contractors for the project, A&B Caulking, chose to use SilPruf* SCS2000 sealant to install the glass windows, basing their decision

on service and quality of products. “We have used GE silicone sealants and adhesives in prior projects and have always been impressed not only by the products’ performance benefits, but also by the prompt service provided by their sales and distribution teams,” said Jim Tirelli, vice president at A&B Caulking.

An excellent candidate to consider for both weathersealing and structural glazing applications, SilPruf is a single component, medium-modulus, neutral cure silicone sealant adhesive that may be used on a wide variety of materials. The product’s high tensile and tear strength, combined with its capacity to absorb high elongation, make SilPruf sealant an excellent candidate to consider for protective glazing applications. When cured properly, SilPruf sealant can exhibit excellent long-term resistance to natural weathering, including ultraviolet radiation, high and low temperatures, and rain and snow, with negligible change in elasticity.

Prior to beginning the Octagon Tower project, tests were conducted to determine if application of primer was necessary before using SilPruf sealant. Based on the test results, Tirelli decided to use a primer on the metal joints and apply SilPruf sealant directly on the pre-cast concrete. The crew from A&B Caulking used approximately  1,500 gallons of SilPruf sealant for the project.

 

In addition to a range of top-notch products, the sales and distribution teams for GE sealants also provide superior service. Sales teams are involved in the projects from inception to completion, and provide their expert support in selection of appropriate products.

“We have used GE silicone sealants and adhesives in prior projects and have always been impressed not only by the products’ performance benefits, but also by the prompt service provided by their sales and distribution teams.”

Jim Tirelli

Vice President, A&B Caulking

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