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TEC® Used to Renovate Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City

30 Jul

Posted by
Grant Huffine
Marketing Director

TEC used at Ronald McDonald House

Challenge: Transform the Kansas City Ronald McDonald house from dull and outdated to cheerful and bright – efficiently and effectively. The installers needed to adhere to a strict schedule, so that the renovation would be ready to reveal to project sponsors Sporting Kansas City after the team played an important soccer match. Additionally, with more than 5,000 families expected to use the space, the installation needed to hold up to heavy traffic.


Efficiency: TEC® Full Flex and TEC® Power Grout Ultimate Performance Grout were used to install brightly-colored 1-by-1 inch mosaic tiles in the bathrooms of the Ronald McDonald House. Full Flex® has easy-to-use characteristics – including one-step mixing and smooth and easy spreadability – that helped installers efficiently secure the hundreds of tiles used in the bathrooms’ walls, ceilings and floors.

TEC® Power Grout also helped keep the installation on schedule. TEC® Power Grout® Ultimate is ready for foot traffic in just four hours—great for a busy jobsite like the Ronald McDonald house. Its fast-curing universal formula was used on both the walls and floors of the bathrooms – saving on mixing time. In addition, it never requires sealing, which cut down on labor hours. When members of the soccer team visited the Ronald McDonald House after their victory, the tile installation was complete, in part because of the rapid setting time and labor-saving characteristics of Power Grout®.

Effectiveness: Both Full Flex® and Power Grout® are rated for residential to heavy commercial applications, and the highly-stain-resistant formula of Power Grout® also resists cracking, shrinking, mold and mildew – even in wet conditions like those in restrooms. The installation was capped off with TEC® AccuColor® Siliconized Unsanded Acrylic Caulk, which forms a tough, flexible, water-resistant seal over the mosaic installation to protect it from moisture. TEC® products helped achieve this tough installation, perfect for the important guests of the Ronald McDonald House.

Contractor: Interior Surface Enterprises, Olathe, KS

Contractor De-Brief:

“We were happy with the TEC® products we used throughout this special installation. We transformed the restrooms from dull and outdated to cheerful and bright – helping create a positive space for the families of the Ronald McDonald House.” – Don Planinshek, tile division project manager for Interior Surface.

“This project had a quick turnaround. Since Power Grout® does not require sealing and cures quickly, we were able to save labor hours and make sure the space was ready for its grand opening,” says Planinshek.

Project Team: Jennifer Bertrand, the season three winner of HGTV’s “Design Star” whose family has received services from a Ronald McDonald House in New York, designed the space. Drawing from her own experiences as a designer, a mother and a guest of a Ronald McDonald House, Bertrand used thoughtful planning and atmospheric details like lighting, finishes, and seating area arrangements to create a loving and supportive environment.

Sporting Kansas City – a Major League Soccer team – partnered with MLS WORKS to sponsor the Ronald McDonald House renovation. Interior Surfaces, Olathe, KS, completed the tile installation free of charge.

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