“If it can be wrapped, we can do it”
At Atlantic Shrink Wrapping, we pride ourselves on taking a project seriously and completing the very best shrink wrap available. Each project is a challenge and we aim to meet those challenges.
We offer shrink-wrapping services for a number of businesses and industries, including those who are in the field of historical preservation.
What is Shrink Wrap for Historical Preservation?
Historical preservation projects generally center around shrink wrapping for a building or other large structure. The shrink wrap will provide a reliable seal and protection until rehabilitation can begin. Shrink wrap will not only keep out weather and debris, but unwelcome visits from vandals, wild animals, bugs, birds and more.
Atlantic Shrink Wrap is a mobile shrink wrapping service, capable of transport anywhere in the world we are needed. Based in Annapolis, Maryland we concentrate on the Atlantic seaboard including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Historic Train Station, Pulaski, VA
ASI was called to this project by a construction firm tasked with clean up and partial demolition of the train station after a fire.
The historical significance of the train station added a level of difficulty to the project. The 120 year old walls and chimney were to remain and be protected while other areas of the building were demolished and rebuilt.
Because the project would take place over several months, the historical structures needed to be covered with adequate support against snow, heavy winds and water. Tarps were considered, but the ultimate decision was made in favor of shrink wrapping which would be the safest, most durable and most cost effective way to protect the station.
All photos are ASI Actual Work Photos
The difficult thing about this job was to make it water proof and protect the plastic from all of the sharp and jagged edges left from the fire and the rock walls, and it needed to be strong enough to withstand high winds and any snow load that could be possible at any time in this area.
The job was scheduled for early Jan, 2009. At this time in the year the valley of Pulaski seemed like a wind tunnel for every storm front that came near the area. We met on the job site in 6 degree temperatures and 20 mile per hour winds.
Blue tarps could not stand up against this wind, nor could the contracting company make this structure waterproof. Shrink wrap was the only way to go. After developing a plan of action from only pictures, the train station itself appeared much more difficult than originally thought.
Undeterred, our crew of only three men, started preparations to construct a temporary but strong roof trust system to support the plastic. The chimneys were wrapped first and them the main body of the building was wrapped and secured. The final product was a streamline, low profile and waterproof shrink wrap that would stand up against Mother Nature.