Custom Building Products has partnered with San Diego-based contractor Wirtz Quality Installation, Inc. to handle all internal and external tile and stone installation at the new Palomar Medical Center West in Escondido, Calif.

Situated on a 52-acre site, the 11-story medical center, which is scheduled to open in 2012, will accommodate more than 278 patient beds, 12 operating rooms and a trauma center. The construction project, which began in April 2010, is notable not only for its massive scope but also for its sustainable design concepts. The new medical facility will use a minimum amount of water and electricity and contain recycled or renewable materials, as well as special features such as a living roof with natural vegetation to enhance the healing environment.

A broad range of Custom products are being used for the installation, including CEG-Lite 100% Solids Commercial Epoxy Grout, RedGard Waterproofing and Crack Prevention Membrane, VersaBond Fortified Thin-Set Mortar, Prism SureColor Grout, ProLite Rapid Setting Tile and Stone Mortar, and Commercial 100% Silicone Caulk. CEG-Lite was chosen for all patient rooms and the kitchen and cafeteria areas because of its 100% stain resistance and its recycled content, which contributes to LEED certification

“Custom’s products are regularly specified on our projects,” said Amber Fox, president of Wirtz Quality Installation Inc. “We have really gotten to know and trust their brands. And even more important than that, we know we can really count on them to work with us. They are always there for us - to recommend the right products for the right applications and to be there to support us throughout the installation process. It’s a true partnership.”

“Not only have Custom’s products met all of the architect’s specifications, but our involvement in the project has been truly comprehensive,” said Devin Dickey, territory manager, Custom Building Products. “From product recommendations to technical specifications and LEED certification to on-site job visits, we have been integrally involved with every phase of the construction. From product technical support to marketing and sales, every part of the company has been involved in making this project a success.”