We have had the pleasure of working with the School District of Lancaster for many years. This summer we completed two projects which we believe had a positive impact on the students and the administration.
The first project was preparing and repainting all of the walls in the music rooms and all of the corridors throughout the three floors. These walls had been defaced with no. 2 pencils and ball point pens. The day I went to look at the project, we witnessed first- hand Junior High students walking down the halls with “pen-in-hand”, writing on the walls between periods as they proceeded to their next class. The previous coating was not specified to withstand the beating. When the halls cleared you could see long stripes about shoulder to elbow high throughout the campus. The maintenance staff was at their wits end because nothing they tried, whether it be cleaning solutions, magic erasers and the like would remove the markings. The team of Ville Painters was charged to recoat the walls and remove this unwanted “artwork”. After careful preparations, we used a special 2-part epoxy from Benjamin Moore which was designed to produce a harder finish, allowing maintenance to effectively remove more of the markings. The project came in on-time, with the material quantities we budgeted for. We believe it was a success! We will re-visit the project at Christmas break to see if our solution worked!
The second project we were solicited to do involved magnetic paint and dry erase finishes in specified administration / IT offices and a large conference room. The magnetic paint required 3-4 coats to be effective. Two coats of the eggshell enamel to match the existing color served as the undercoat for the dry erase clear coat. The dry erase product we used was from Sherwin Williams and at a cost of just under $500 per gallon kit! The staff was very cooperative as we dodged in and out of many offices applying a multitude of coats. There was also the issue of the odor emitted by both the magnetic finish and the clear coat. While VOC compliance is part of our calling card, sometimes proprietary products like these, would not work effectively where they to be low V.O.C. (volatile organic compounds). Again we were able to come in slightly under our materials and labor budget saving the school, and the residents / businesses of Lancaster, valuable tax dollars. We look forward to the next adventure the School District of Lancaster wishes to send our way!!!