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First Lady keen on Bush Presidential Center masonry specs

The documentation of President Bush’s administration drove the development of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The Quikrete Companies was selected by Garland, Texas-based masonry contractor Dee Brown, Inc. to provide products for the building, including specially formulated pre-blended mortar mix to meet the specific Cordova Cream color specifications of First Lady Laura Bush.

The 207,000-sq.-ft. facility was designed by the dean of the architecture school at Yale University, Robert A.M. Stern, to house George W. Bush’s Presidential Library and Museum, the George W. Bush Policy Institute, and the offices of the George W. Bush Foundation. The center is seeking LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council under the management of Manhattan Construction Company.

Dee Brown Inc. turned to Quikrete for the necessary pre-blended mortar and bulk mortar silo system as well as core-fill grout and sand mix to install all the block, brick, stone and Texas limestone on the library and museum portion of the state-of-the-art complex.

Quikrete provided 471 3,000-lb. bulk bags and 924 80-lb. bags of Quikrete Portland Lime Type N (PLN) Mortar in the customized Cordova Cream; 253 3,000-lb. bulk bags and 84 80-lb. bags of Quikrete Portland Line Type S (PLS) Mortar; 778 3,000-lb. bulk bags and 168 80-lb. bags of Quikrete Core-Fill Grout; and, 588 80-lb. bags of Quikrete Sand Mix. In addition to delivering consistent Cordova Cream pre-blended mortar, Quikrete and its bulk mortar silo system enhanced productivity and reduced labor cost on the project.

More than 70 million pages of text records, more than 200 email messages and nearly 4 million photographs from President Bush’s administration will be housed in the Presidential Library and Museum along with a permanent exhibit, “Freedom, Responsibility, Opportunity and Compassion,” which will feature other artifacts, documents, photographs and videos. The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will also house an interactive element called “Decision Points Theater” and a full-size replica of the Oval Office.