By Dean Moilanen, Director of Architectural Services, Noble Company for publication by CSI 7/21/2018.
I call Las Vegas the Petri dish of waterproofing because Las Vegas has more hotel rooms (over 160K) than any city in the country. With demanding, fast-track construction schedules and streaks of stubborn "wild west" independence, what winds up in shower pans and wet areas sometimes can resemble a lab experiment gone awry.
The demand for luxurious, durable, and safe showers, spas, and wet areas spawned twin challenges to hotel and casino owners. The "durability challenge" forced hotel/casino owners to get creative in their mission to eliminate failing shower pans and wet areas. The "safety challenge" tasked these owners with banishing the threat of microbial growth – aka mold -- in stud-wall cavities and other areas of the guest environment.