Will Inspecting Inspector’s White Walls
As I mentioned yesterday the laundry and the office are practice rooms for perfecting the techniques we use in the critical processing rooms. I like to learn things in small steps to get them right, doing ever larger and more complicated projects. Today a USDA Meat Processing Facility…
…tomorrow the world.
Last year I had done over four dozen test patches of polyurea, mostly on concrete but also on a variety of other materials. Then in the fall of of 2013 I did more tests. Over the winter we got to observe those, how they wore and weathered. This spring after more test patches we did the laundry and then the inspector’s office.
The concrete is our structural building. The goal is don’t fall down, don’t let in insects, don’t let in rodents, don’t let in… Well, you get the idea.
The fiber plaster smoothed the concrete which we then ground to produce a near finished surface.
The polyurethane primes the surface so the polyurea can then provide a final impenetrable sealed and repairable surface that can be easily washed down for daily sanitation. This means no pinholes. No niches. Nada.
White is the color of choice because it shows dirt further enhancing our ability to keep the spaces clean. In a few spaces like the upper half of the laundry, the bathroom and the wainscot of the hall I played with concrete acid stains to relieve the eye. Those areas got a transparent polyurea coating to show off their colors which helps to reduce the industrial look and give our butcher shop more of a homey feel. Plus it is easier on my eyes.
White, white, everywhere I look.
Not a spec of colored landscape.
Winter lasts long enough,
Shades of summer not forgotten.
You might notice that the ceiling is arched. It is a catenary arch. This is the shape of a spider web silk in the morning dew. I like arches, as you may have noticed if you’ve followed our various construction projects over the decades. Arches are strong. Arches are beautiful. Arches lend a artesianal feel to the rooms. Arches flow and feel right. After doing curved arches for years I finally did a flat arch.
Up in the corners of the photo you can see the brick work of the flat arches are decorative, non-structural elements over the doorways and window in the non-processing, non-wet portions of the administration section of our butcher shop, further lending a reminder to a less industrial age. The bricks are sealed with the clear polyurethane and then clear polyurea. I throughly enjoy the effect of the arches where we can do them. There are bricks in just the office and hall, not in the processing rooms or bathroom for sanitary reasons.
I did the floor first in stain and then a clear polyurea build up. Then I did several layers of clear to mockup doing the initial cutting room floor which will be a light grey. Boring yes, but I need to get the techniques right and it was worth doing. I learned things. Eventually I plan to do a pebble floor in clear epoxy or clear polyurea. Something to look forward to down the road. With this in mind I build the floor half an inch low so that I can allow for the future addition of the colored pebbles.
The USDA requires each butcher shop, also known as a meat processing facility, to have a bathroom with shower, laundry services and office for the inspector. Fortunately we are small so they allow these to be shared with us which saves some construction and space. While the inspector’s here we won’t be doing much in the office anyways as we’ll be cutting meat, making sausages, bacon, hams and charcuterie. Soon now…
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