New Case Study: Type III-B Application of LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing Provides Cost-Saving Solution for Denver Framing Company

We recently added a new case study to our online literature portfolio. This latest installment focuses on Denver-based RT Framing, a framing and drywall company specializing in multifamily and commercial construction projects. In July 2015, Russell Beilby, Vice President at RT Framing, began work on Belleview Block B, a multifamily project in the Belleview Station neighborhood in Denver.

In order to meet local fire codes, Beilby used LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing as a code-compliant component of a two-hour fire-rated exterior wall assembly throughout the 330-unit Type III-B building. He found the product provided a cost-saving solution, as he was able to save on labor costs and equipment rentals by only using one layer of LP FlameBlock sheathing compared to two layers of gypsum.

“I decided to use LP FlameBlock not just for the labor-saving aspect, but for the means and methods,” said Beilby. “Putting on one sheet is simple because you can lean through the studs. It’s the second sheet that causes difficulty because you have to rent equipment like cherry pickers and boom lifts, which can run about $6,000 a month. I chose LP FlameBlock because there would be no need for a second layer of product.”

The Belleview Block B apartments are set to be finished in December 2016 and are the second phase of the larger Belleview Station development, a new master-planned development featuring pedestrian-oriented streets, mix-use buildings, and convenient access to the transit system.

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