From Realtà Mapei n° 32 - 2/25/2021

Luxury Living

MAPEI products help create lavish condo development in Honolulu

Overview: A wide variety of MAPEI products – including waterproofing, adhesives, grouts, mortars, self-levelers and cleaners – were used to make ultra luxurious condominium complex Park Lane Ala Moana come to life.


Park Lane Ala Moana is an ultra luxurious, low-rise set of condominiums located in Honolulu, HI. Nestled on 7.3 acres (2.95 hectares) with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean, the multi-million-dollar complex houses seven buildings featuring a total of 217 units – ranging in size from 1,600 square feet (149 m²) to more than 6,500 square feet (604 m²).

The upscale development features resort-style amenities that include oversized unit balconies, private pools and garages, a luxury spa, a wine room, entertainment facilities, a gym, a library, lounges for all owners and guests, a 300-piece private art collection, extensive tropical landscaping and much more.

Park Lane Ala Moana is a prime real-estate property located on the grounds of the Ala Moana Shopping Center, the largest retail complex in the state of Hawaii. Park Lane Ala Moana also presently houses the highest recorded price in Hawaii for a condominium, which sold for $23.5 million (USD).

A condominium complex of Park Lane Ala Moana’s magnitude and elegance required detailed work, constant coordination, a dedicated team and high-quality products during its construction. MAPEI was on hand to help achieve the project’s ultra luxurious design.


MAPEI products on the jobsite

Over the course of two years, crews from installer A-American Custom Flooring and contractor Albert C. Kobayashi, Inc. worked together to install numerous MAPEI products in order to match the various substrates and specified installation needs.

“This project included almost every type of installation you can think of,” said Stephen Pazienza, MAPEI’s coordinator on the project. “It was a completely new build. There was waterproofing and prep work. The crews worked on masonry and on concrete. They worked on the building facades and installed cladding. They installed ceramic and stone tiles, wooden flooring, resilient and carpet.

“There was a total of 1,535,000 square feet [142 606 m²] quoted for this project,” Pazienza said. “It ended up being 980,000 square feet [91 045 m²] of tile, stone, pavers and cladding; 375,000 square feet [34 839 m²] of wood flooring; 175,000 square feet [16 258 m²] of carpet; and 25,000 square feet [2 323 m²] of resilient and rubber flooring.”


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At the time of Park Lane Ala Moana’s construction, many Honolulu architects and designers were specifying luxury high-rise projects that focused on “zero-tolerance” transitions for all finish work. This zero-tolerance-transition design scheme created challenges for interior and exterior walls and flooring – all transitions were required to have no change of plane from material to material. Height transitions for tile, wood, carpet and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, as well as for all amenities, had to be benchmarked to the same specifics. Even if thresholds were used, the height of all thresholds had to remain at zero transition.

MAPEI’s self-leveling underlayments and primers became the major products for providing and adjusting height transitions. Novoplan 1, Novoplan 2 Plus and Ultraplan 1 Plus underlayments were used for the bulk of the self-leveling work in conjunction with Primer L, Primer T and ECO Prim Grip. When needed, Planiprep SC skimcoating compound was used to skimcoat over the self-leveling materials for resilient- and wood-flooring installations.

Hawaii’s climate and the jobsite’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean meant that moisture mitigation was a must to ensure stability for the LEED-certified wood flooring, carpet and resilient-/rubber- flooring installation that was earmarked for Park Lane Ala Moana.

Planiseal VS epoxy coating was the main moisture-mitigation product for all areas of wood- and resilient-flooring installations; for bedroom carpeting, Primer WE was used as an approved moisture mitigator in order to save on costs. Mapecem Quickpatch was also applied and used as a pre-moisture floor patch. In addition, Mapelastic AquaDefense waterproofing membrane was used with Reinforcing Fabric for bathrooms, showers, kitchens, patios, spa facilities, landscaping and balconies.

Granirapid and Kerabond T / Keralastic mortar systems were used to install various types of natural stone on the vertical exterior facades. The combination of the two mortar systems provided necessary bond strength and rapid setup in specific areas. For all terrace and retaining-wall installations, Mapelastic cementitious membrane was used to help create the large “Puka Lava” volcanic-stone look.

Ultraflex LFT became the “workhorse” mortar for all large-format tile and stone installations – both interior and exterior – that included bathrooms, showers, common areas, walkways, meeting rooms, dining rooms and recreation areas. Ultraflex LFT is a premium, nonslump, non-sag, large-format tile mortar with polymer, making it an ideal product for these installations. The grouting choice for tile installation was Ultracolor Plus FA, a fast-setting, color-consistent, nonshrinking, efflorescence-free grout. However, Keracolor S (sanded) and Keracolor U (unsanded) grouts were used in areas where a specific color of Ultracolor Plus FA was not readily available in Hawaii. For caulking and expansion joints, Mapesil T sealant was used throughout the property.

For concrete construction, Mapecem 102 mortar was used to build up exterior concrete ways and landings to fix depressions. Planitop X and Planitop XS repair mortars were used for structural repairs. Keracolor U was used to grout shower wall units. Planicrete W setting compound was used to adhere limestone to elevator-cab doors.

For the pool-deck installation, Ultraflex LFT and Keracolor S were used to set the pool coping. In addition, Adesilex P10 Mosaic & Glass Tile mortar was used to set glass-tile mosaics within the spa area.

To complete the tile installations, crews cleaned the tile using UltraCare Epoxy Grout Haze Remover and UltraCare Heavy-Duty Stone, Tile & Grout Cleaner. They then sealed the tile with UltraCare Penetrating Stone, Tile & Grout Sealer, a natural-looking, water-based penetrating sealer for maximum protection against staining.

The availability of product and shipping materials to Hawaii can be challenging. To avoid time delays, contractors used multiple products to finish the Park Lane Ala Moana construction. These products included Ultrabond ECO 810 adhesive for carpet tile, Ultrabond ECO 360 adhesive for resilient flooring and Ultrabond ECO 711 adhesive for vinyl flooring in maintenance areas. Ultrabond ECO 980, Ultrabond ECO 985 and Ultrabond ECO 995 adhesives were also used for wood-flooring installation.

MAPEI’s quality, reputation and warranty standards have been used around the world and are now part of Park Lane Ala Moana, one of the most unique and luxurious residences in Hawaii.


Technical data
Years of construction: 2016-2018
Years of MAPEI involvement: 2016-2018
Where MAPEI products were used: Surface preparation; waterproofing; masonry; concrete work; and installation of ceramic and stone tile, wood flooring, carpet and resilient/rubber flooring
MAPEI coordinator: Stephen Pazienza
Project owner: Kobayashi/The MacNaughton Group
Contractor: Albert C. Kobayashi, Inc.
Installer: A-American Custom Flooring
Main architect: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Challenges: Zero-tolerance thresholds and moisture mitigation

 

Products mentioned in the article

Adesilex P10 Mosaic & Glass Tile
Adesilex P10 Mosaic & Glass Tile
Premium Mosaic and Glass Tile Mortar with Polymer Adesilex P10 Mosaic & Glass Tile is a premium-grade, bright white, multipurpose thin-set…
ECO Prim Grip
ECO Prim Grip
Multipurpose, Bond-Promoting Primer ECO Prim Grip is a ready-to-use, low-VOC, synthetic resin-based primer with bond-promoting silica…
Granirapid System
Granirapid System
Premium, Rapid-Setting, Flexible Tile Mortar Granirapid is the industry’s first and most flexible, high-performance, fast-curing mortar…
Kerabond T / Keralastic System
Kerabond T / Keralastic System
Premium, Flexible Large-and-Heavy- Tile and Thin-Set Mortar Kerabond T / Keralastic System is a high-performance, two-part system:…
Keracolor S
Keracolor S
Premium Sanded Grout with Polymer Keracolor S Sanded Grout is a premium-grade, pre-blended, polymer-modified sanded Portland-cement tile…
Keracolor U
Keracolor U
Premium Unsanded Grout with Polymer Keracolor U Unsanded Grout is a premium-grade, preblended, polymer-modified unsanded Portland-cement…
Mapecem 102
Mapecem 102
Medium-Build, One-Component, Fast-Setting Mortar Mapecem 102 is a one-component, shrinkage-compensated, polymer-modified, fast-setting…
Mapecem Quickpatch
Mapecem Quickpatch
High-Performance Concrete Patch Mapecem Quickpatch is a high-performance, fast-setting, cementitious material used for the patching of…
Mapelastic
Mapelastic
Flexible, Cementitious Membrane for Waterproofing and Protecting Concrete and Masonry Mapelastic is a two-component cementitious membrane…
Mapelastic AquaDefense
Mapelastic AquaDefense
Premium Waterproofing and Crack-Isolation Membrane Mapelastic AquaDefense is a premixed, advanced liquid-rubber, extremely quick-drying…
Mapesil T
Mapesil T
100%-Silicone Sealant for Heavy Traffic and Movement Joints Mapesil T is a professional-grade, 100%-silicone sealant for use on multiple…
Novoplan 2 Plus
Novoplan 2 Plus
Professional, Self-Leveling Underlayment Novoplan 2 Plus is a high-strength, self-leveling, cement-based underlayment and repair mix with a…
Planicrete W
Planicrete W
Flexible Setting Compound Planicrete W is tremendously flexible and excellent for installing tile over well-supported and properly…
Planiprep SC
Planiprep SC
High-Performance, Fiber-Reinforced Skimcoating Compound Planiprep SC is a high-performance, polymer-modified, fiber-reinforced cement-based…
Planiseal VS
Planiseal VS
Alkali-Resistant, Epoxy Moisture-Reduction Barrier Planiseal VS is an alkali-resistant, two-component, 100%-solids epoxy coating that…
Planitop X
Planitop X
One-Component, Fast-Setting, Fiber-Reinforced, Vertical and Overhead Repair Mortar Planitop X is a one-component, fiber-reinforced,…
Planitop XS
Planitop XS
One-Component, Fast-Setting, Extended-Working-Time, Vertical and Overhead Repair Mortar Planitop XS is an extended-working-time variation…
Primer L
Primer L
Advanced-Technology, Acrylic Latex Primer for Concrete Primer L is a concentrated, solvent-free acrylic primer used before the…
Primer T
Primer T
All-Purpose Primer for Self-Leveling Underlayments Primer T is a low-VOC, water-based acrylic primer that enhances the performance and…
Primer WE
Primer WE
Water-Based Epoxy Primer Primer WE is a two-component, polymer-modified, water-based epoxy primer for enhanced adhesion to nonporous…
Reinforcing Fabric
Reinforcing Fabric
For Use With Mapelastic ® AquaDefense MAPEI’s Reinforcing Fabric is a strong, absorbent, flexible, alkali-resistant, polyester reinforcing…
Ultrabond ECO 360
Ultrabond ECO 360
Premium High-Performance Adhesive for Solid Vinyl Sheet, Tile and Plank Ultrabond ECO 360 is a proprietary, high-performance, wet-lay and…
Ultrabond ECO 711
Ultrabond ECO 711
Premium, Clear, Thin-Spread VCT Adhesive Ultrabond ECO 711 is a latex-based adhesive that offers a quick drying time with enhanced grab and…
Ultrabond ECO 980
Ultrabond ECO 980
Premium Urethane Adhesive for Hardwood Flooring Ultrabond ECO 980 is a 100%-solids, one-component, moisture-cured urethane adhesive…
Ultrabond ECO 985
Ultrabond ECO 985
Hybrid-Polymer-Based, Moisture-Control and Sound-Reducing Wood-Flooring Adhesive Ultrabond ECO 985 is MAPEI’s premium single-component,…
Ultrabond ECO 995
Ultrabond ECO 995
Premium Moisture-Control, Sound-Reduction and Wood-Flooring Adhesive Ultrabond ECO 995 is MAPEI’s premium, 100%-solids, one-component,…
UltraCare Epoxy Grout Haze Remover
UltraCare Epoxy Grout Haze Remover
Epoxy Grout Haze Remover UltraCare Epoxy Grout Haze Remover is a professional-strength formulation that helps to remove epoxy grout haze…
UltraCare Heavy-Duty Stone, Tile & Grout Cleaner
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UltraCare Heavy-Duty Stone, Tile & Grout Cleaner is a highly concentrated and high-alkaline cleaner and degreaser. This product is…
UltraCare Penetrating Stone, Tile & Grout Sealer
UltraCare Penetrating Stone, Tile & Grout Sealer
UltraCare Penetrating Stone, Tile & Grout Sealer is an economical, natural-look, water-based penetrating sealer that protects against most…
Ultracolor Plus FA
Ultracolor Plus FA
Rapid-Setting, “All-in-One” Grout Replacement for Sanded and Unsanded Grouts Ultracolor Plus FA with DropEffect™ technology is an ultra…
Ultraflex LFT
Ultraflex LFT
Premium, Large-and-Heavy-Tile Mortar with Polymer Ultraflex LFT is a premium, non-sag, large-and-heavy-tile mortar and thin-set mortar…
Ultraplan 1 Plus
Ultraplan 1 Plus
High-Performance, Quick-Setting, Self-Leveling Underlayment Ultraplan 1 Plus is a quick-setting, self-leveling, self-drying underlayment…

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