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Building for the Future Episode 7 | Powerwashing and Cleaning

One of the unique elements of a historic space is the character taken on by its surfaces from years of habitation and use. The WaterFire arts center is no different, wearing its history on its walls through the many layers of paint and different materials visible. A careful power washing with environmentally friendly baking soda based cleansers and the careful work of the people at Blast Off Surface Restoration have brought the beams, walls, and ceilings of the WaterFire Arts Center a beautiful patina.

Special thanks to Jeremy Larkin and Blast Off Surface Restoration LLC for taking the time to speak with us. You can find out more about Blast Off’s surface restoration practices and services by visiting

Building for the future is supported by TRAC Builders Inc.
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I've worked at WaterFire Providence since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career, I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. In 2012 transitioned to the role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I now head up WaterFire Providence's digital projects including, web, social, databases, and our physical IT infrastructure.

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