St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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Founded in 1962 by entertainer Danny Thomas in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital today is one of the world’s premier centers for pediatric cancer research and treatment of catastrophic diseases in children.

When the pre-cast concrete walls of St. Jude’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Building arrived in the wrong shade of pink in the spring of 2003, Marlo Thomas herself became involved. Looking for immediate help, her facility engineers called on St. Jude’s long-time coatings contractor Randy Marchbanks, Mid-South Specialties, Inc., Memphis. Marchbanks arranged a meeting at the building site with the local Chemprobe/Tnemec coating consultant Bruce Valentine.St. Jude ChildrenSt. Jude Children

Valentine sought help from the color research staff at Chemprobe, a Tnemec Company subsidiary located in Garland, TX. Samples of the correct shade of pink for the rest of the 14 structures on the large downtown Memphis campus were shipped to the Chemprobe labs. Once paint samples were created and arrived in Memphis, Valentine set up a meeting with Marlo Thomas, Randy Marchbanks and the St. Jude facility engineers. He delivered samples of different shades of pink in Chemprobe’s signature Series 607 Conformal Stain product. Marchbanks applied these samples to a wall of the GMP building. At this meeting, Thomas found the lost shade of pink she was searching for to make this newest facility conform to the rest of the research campus. This shade of stain is now officially on record at Chemprobe as “St. Jude Pink-MT.”

Chemprobe’s Conformal Stain solved the pre-cast color dilemma. Formulated as a methylmethacrylate copolymer, Series 607 penetrates the substrate, extending the life of the concrete by providing exceptional water repellency and weather-resistance. Filled with inorganic oxide pigments, Conformal Stain is fade-resistant enhancing the appearance of new buildings, or restoring color to older structures.

“Marlo Thomas absolutely loved the result,” Marchbanks said when the job was finished. “This penetrating acrylic stain provides superior masonry protection. It has excellent color stability, will not flake, takes only a few hours to cure, outlasts all the competition and makes all concrete surfaces look uniform. Perhaps best of all, it made a celebrated client extremely happy!”

project information

Project Name

St. Jude Good Manufacturing Practices Building

Project Location

Memphis, TN

Project Completion Date

May 2003


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


Mid-South Specialties, Inc., Memphis, TN