SEMCO Solution: Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Central Station

Efficiency was key when resurfacing the floors in this active fire station—SEMCO Remodel Without Removal™ provided the perfect solution.


Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Station 1 - exterior
Case Study: Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Central StationLas Vegas Fire and Rescue Central Station in downtown Las Vegas, built in 1984.

Built in 1984, the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Central Station was ready for a renovation, particularly its combined bathroom/shower floor area. The City of Las Vegas sought a company and products that could create a beautiful surface finish that would be both long-lasting and compliant with updated ADA requirements. Most importantly, they needed an efficient solution that wouldn’t interfere with the station’s daily operations.

Case Study: Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Central StationPublic Safety Issue: Uneven floors caused water to pool, resulting in a wet and slippery surface.

The choice was simple: SEMCO’s signature Remodel Without Removal™ flooring solution provided a beautiful, ADA-compliant bathroom/shower surface guaranteed to last. To date, the City of Las Vegas has chosen SEMCO for several high-profile projects like this one for nearly two decades, due to its proven performance, rapid application, and overall cost-effectiveness.

Case Study: Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Central StationCracks and stains permeated the existing tile surface, creating an unsafe an unpleasant environment.

Exploring Alternatives

The standard method of remodeling a bathroom/shower typically involves demolition—an often costly, messy, and time-consuming process that would also interfere with the station’s capacity to effectively function as a 24/7 emergency response unit. A typical demolition often requires the following steps:

  • Architectural drawings for permits (estimated time 4 days)
  • Plan check approval period (up to 2-3 weeks)
  • Tile removal (est. 1-2 days)
  • Replace studs (est. 1 day, as needed)
  • Cement board installation (est. 2 days)
  • Waterproof membrane installation (est. 1 day)
  • Tile installation (est. 3-5 days)
  • Various inspections and municipal approvals

Altogether, a complete, “typical” demolition could take an estimated 7-8 weeks – clearly not the best option for an active firehouse.


By removing the demolition step, SEMCO’s X-Bond Seamless Stone with Satin Stone waterproofing finish eliminated seven of the above eight steps, reducing the eight-week time estimate to a mere four days. How were we able do this? SEMCO’s innovative Remodel Without Removal™ system enables engineers to create stunning, durable surface solutions that save both time and money:

  • No Permit Required: We started the project on Day One.
  • No Tile Removal: X-Bond Seamless Stone was applied directly over tile and any other solid surface.
  • No Building Inspector Required: X-Bond Seamless Stone and Satin Stone is both ADA and health department compliant
Case Study: Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Central StationSEMCO installers gather materials, tools and supplies at the job site.


SEMCO’s innovative engineers go beyond the “norm” to discover and create products and systems that provide the best possible solution for our clients. In this case, it was imperative that there was minimal interference with the daily duties of the firefighters who live and sleep near the bathroom. Therefore, remodeling needed to be timely, non-invasive, and cost effective—all of which SEMCO delivered with its demolition-free installation.

Case Study: Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Central StationSEMCO installer applies X-Bond Seamless Stone over existing tile substrate.
Case Study: Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Central StationSEMCO installer applies PreStain Color over X-Bond Seamless Stone.

SEMCO’s unique and customized project management system further ensured that we met the needs of the client, while also creating extraordinary surfaces that are functional, durable, and ultimately beautiful. We want to leave our stamp on all we create, and we are proud to have partnered with the City of Las Vegas on this and other major projects, including four additional Fire & Rescue Stations across the Las Vegas valley.

Case Study: Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Central StationSEMCO installer seals new surface with Satin Stone.


Once again SEMCO met and exceeded the city’s expectations, and we are proud to say we are one of the City’s preferred vendors.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Station 1 - shower
Case Study: Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Central StationNewly remodeled shower.

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Project Information

  • Preparation: SEMCO Nu-Lift Cleaner and Stone Soap
  • Floors: SEMCO X-Bond Seamless Stone, ADA Safety Floor Color – Montego Stone color, PreStain Color, sealed Satin Stone
  • Walls: SEMCO X-Bond Seamless Stone, Polished Bond – Montego Stone color, sealed with Satin Stone
  • Project size: 2,400 sq ft
  • Project year: 2017

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