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Balco USA Introduces the Michael Rizzatm Partition Closure Series

Balco USA Introduces the Michael Rizzatm Partition Closure Series


PCS-Series seals vertical joints between interior partitions and exterior curtain wall and glazing systems; boasts a high STC rating, aesthetic appearance and labor-reducing installation time.

Balco USA, Wichita, Kan., a leading manufacturer of high performance construction products, introduced the Michael Rizza Partition Closure System (PCS-Series), the architecture/construction industry’s only vertical silicone compression seal and sound transmission dampener that’s molded into a single 100-foot-long length. The aesthetic PCS-Series is an easy-to-install, economical product designed for vertical junctures and joints between the ends of partitions and curtain walls and glazing for office facilities, hotels, hospitals and other commercial buildings.

The PCS-Series’ 100-foot (30-m) length is the industry’s longest, which reduces labor-intensive multiple splicing associated with other partition closures. The 100-percent silicone construction is easily cut onsite with a utility knife and has the flexibility to fit into two-inch-wide (51-mm) expansion joints between exterior glass or mullion curtain walls and CMU or drywall partitions. The installation process is completed with a one-step silicone rubber building joint sealant, such as Dow Corning® 790, which complements the PCS-Series’ abatement of sound/vibration transmission, thermal transfer and dirt/dust infiltration.

The one-piece, bellows-like design consists of two hexagonal and two trapezoidal-shaped chambers that allow the PCS-Series to easily expand and contract within a ±1/2-inch (12.5-mm) range without the use of mechanical springs or parts. The open chambers give the PCS-Series superior, lab-tested sound reduction qualities of up to STC-58, depending on single or double-sided installation configurations.

An optional 10-foot-long (3-m) anodized aluminum Tube Channel Base Member (PCS-1B) and a C-Channel Base Member (PCS-1C) allow one side of the PCS-Series to be inserted and held securely.  Both channels can accommodate larger joint openings and can be installed onto building materials non-invasively with construction adhesives such as Liquid Nails or Sikaflex 1A.

The PCS-Series standard color is black, however colors from the Dow Corning 790 silicone color palette are available for matching building materials.

Other features of the PCS-Series include:

  • Doesn’t lose flexibility, deteriorate or fade, because of inherent endurance of silicone and built-in ultraviolet light inhibitors;
  • Tested for cyclic movement under the ASTM E1399 Standard;
  • Contributes to Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED®) credits;
  • Standard one-year warranty.

For additional information on the PCS-Series or other Balco USA products, please visit www.balcousa.com; or call 800-767-0082

About Balco Inc.: Balco, Wichita, Kansas, is a leading manufacturer of high performance construction products in the categories of expansion joints, stair nosings, mats/grids, trench/access covers, partition closures and photoluminescent egress systems. These products are specified by architects, engineers and contractors for commercial buildings. Established in 1957, steady growth over the years has been maintained through a commitment to providing high quality products and customer services that include customization, turnkey design and education/certification programs. Balco is an ISO 9001-certified manufacturer with its own in-house UL test and research laboratory. Balco is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Construction Specification Institute (CSI), and International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI). Balco is a portfolio company of CSW Industrials Inc., (NASDAQ GS:CSWI), a publically-traded company specializing in industrial products, coatings/sealants/adhesives, and specialty chemicals.  For more information, visit www.balcousa.com, or call (800) 767-0082.