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Atlantis Hotel and Casino

After Category 5 Hurricane Floyd hit the Bahamas in September 1999 with punishing winds of 155 miles per hour (mph) the five-tower, 2,300-room Atlantis, Paradise Island hotel remained standing. The hotelcasino had been clad two years earlier with 425,000 square feet of BASF Wall Systems' Senergy exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS). To fabricate special design elements, the installers used BASF Wall Systems' Senerflex insulation board ranging from 0.75 to 14-inches thick.


After the hurricane, hotel officials said, "there was zero damage to the exterior, with minor damage to the roof and ornamentation. The exterior insulation performed as designed."


By using adhesive versus traditional mechanical means to attach the wall system, the structure was able to withstand wind speeds of more than 200 mph. Its continuous fiberglass reinforcing mesh, available in five weights, also protected walls against impact damage.