Red Cross Building, Cincinnati, Ohio
The new American Red Cross building in Cincinnati serves as the organization's Disaster Operations Center (DOC), the "nerve center and central communication hub" for regional Red Cross disaster services. The center, for which Continental supplied the exterior sheathing, enables highly trained Red Cross staff to provide oversight of area relief operations; coordinate disaster workers in the field with the DOC; and coordinate Red Cross actions with local police and firefighters as well as state and federal agencies.
The building itself is environmentally sound and sustainable, having achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Key aspects of the building's green elements include:
- Continental's 5/8-inch, regular Type X Weather Defense Platinum sheathing, consists of over 90 percent recycled content by weight
- A high-efficiency water source heat pump system with energy recovery and outdoor air monitoring features;
- High-efficiency insulation;
- A white, reflective "cool" roof; and
- Low-E, high-efficiency glazing.
Job foreman Bill Sharpe of Gem Interiors, the project's gypsum contractor, liked the workability of Weather Defense Platinum, The product has been noted that it doesn't itch or cut as much as other brands. Other Continental products used on the project were: 5/8" Firecheck Drywall which was used on the interior, and Rapid Coat Lightweight and Rapid Coat Heavyweight All Purpose joint compound.
Dealer: KenAPI Supply, Cincinnati, OH
Architect: Emersion Design, Norwood, Ohio
Construction Manager: Mark Spaulding Construction Co., Florence, Ky.
Gypsum Contractor: Gem Interiors, Milford, Ohio