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Marketplace Center Galvanized Steel Study

Marketplace Center Galvanized Steel Study


I’m Michael Murphy, I’m the executive
director with Clarendon group. I’ve been involved with the property that we’re
talking about since 1988. I came on board here with the original developer and
have been involved this property for 27 years now. We’re standing in the middle
of the circle here in Marketplace Center. Marketplace center is a 300
12,000 square-foot mixed-use development, 16-story office tower, 60,000 square feet
of retail on three levels, and 125 space underground parking garage. I’ve been
asked to provide information on the decision-making process which is
involved with deciding to go with a galvanizing process for the steel at
Marketplace Center. This building was galvanized initially because we’re in a
relatively harsh environment within a quarter mile of Boston harbor. We’re getting sea breezes all the time- it’s definitely a saltier environment. It was felt that
in order to prevent corrosion it would be a wise
idea to go with a galvanizing process for the exposed steel. Most of the
galvanizing process was completed in approximately 1984. As
you can see, the galvanized steel was then painted over because everything
that you see here that’s kind of this burnt red color is really the steel that was
galvanized. As far as maintenance over the years, I’ve been involved with the
maintenance of the building for about twenty seven years now, and really all
that we’ve had to do over time is just periodic painting of certain areas of
the steel. And in fact, the interior of the large glass canopy has never been
repainted so we’ve got basically 30 years of paint on the interior of the
large glass canopy that’s never had any maintenance done to it at all. The
exterior the glass canopy, the railings, the stairs, etc, do get painted on a
periodic basis, I would say once every maybe five or six years. I would say that
over the years that I’ve been involved this property I’ve become a big
proponent of galvanizing. I compare this property to other properties that I’m
involved with- the maintenance of this property has been much less, we’ve had
much less corrosion of steel, rusting, that type of issue. Although I didn’t
make the initial decision to galvanize this building because I wasn’t involved
with the original development and came on board shortly thereafter, I would
certainly confirm that that was a wise decision that was made on part of the
structural engineers and developers at that time and it has definitely made my
life easier over the past several years.

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