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Liberty Station Gets a Lift!


 SafePath™ Products, located in Northern California, continues to be the world’s leader in developing “green” access products for the architectural building industry. Earlier this year, SafePath Products was contacted to provide a solution for modifying various thresholds at a historic building located in the Liberty Station area of San Diego, California.

Over 15,650 pounds of recycled tires were used to make this historic building conform to state and federal building access code laws. Utilizing innovative StoneCap™ color technologies, SafePath™ Products is on the cutting edge for more attractive uses of recycled tire material, boosting the molded rubber product industry to a higher level in architectural acceptance.

This project presented several challenges. First was the desire to modify a series of six door thresholds, varying in height, in a covered level-landing setting to ultimately conform and comply with model access code laws. Secondly, there was the requirement to complete this level landing modification and installation without the use of fasteners or adhesives attaching in any way to the original historical structure or substrate. Thirdly, it was essential to provide an attractive, long-term, UV stable, aggressive walking (level landing) surface that conformed to the existing design color scheme of this historic building.

“This presented unique challenges for the production team and the installers,” said Timothy Vander Heiden, CEO of SafePath™ Products.  “In situations where there are various heights in the thresholds being modified with a single level-landing product solution the absence of using adhesives and thin-set levelers makes such an installation process much more difficult. SafePath’s production department meticulously prefabricated this project at their production facility in Chico, California prior to its shipment for installation.

“Only certified installers are used for such projects,” said Mike O’Malley, Sales Executive and main coordinator of this endeavor. “This was an exciting project for us, because it offered challenges no other product could provide a solution to, and the opportunity to show off our new color coating technology was perfect for this customer.”

This project took two days to complete and was performed on the weekend in an effort to minimize business interruptions at this facility. Custom colorization was used for this project and was selected with appreciation for exterior color design as specified by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

“The StoneCap™ surface is extremely aggressive and will greatly reduce the possibility of slips, trips and falls for years to come,” said Mr. Vander Heiden. SafePath™ Products is looking forward to many more historical modernization projects utilizing recycled tires as a modern “green” product solution.

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