Kohl's Department Store, Inc.

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At 89,000 sq.ft., the new Kohl’s Department Store in Oswego, IL is the anchor tenant of what will be the largest retail center in Kendall County. Located 35 miles west of Chicago, growth in Oswego has been rapid and the new Kohl’s store is part of a development of 150 acres that was previously farmland.

Chemprobe’s Series 607 Conformal Stain was used to protect the exterior of the building. According to Chemprobe/Tnemec coating consultant Chris Wascher, the architect chose Conformal Stain because of the desire to have a penetrating material applied to the substrate. A solvent-based acrylic, Series 607 exhibits excellent color stability, does not alter the natural texture of the surface, and is designed not to peel or flake when applied to a properly prepared substrate.KohlKohlKohl

The department store’s exterior surface was prepared by pressure wash cleaning. Two coats of Conformal Stain were applied by airless spray equipment to all split face block. An additional coat of Series 607 was used to coat the banding (accent areas), and another additional coat was used to coat the ledgestone (exterior block from grade up to four feet).

Other stores to be built include a 30,000 sq.ft. Best Buy; a 50,000 sq.ft. Dick’s Sporting Goods; and a 10,000 sq.ft. Ulta store. Like Kohl’s, all are scheduled to be coated with Conformal Stain using the same color scheme to provide a uniform color appearance for the entire retail center.

project information

Project Name

Kohl’s Department Store, Inc.

Project Location

Oswego, IL

Project Completion Date

August 2006


Kohl’s Department Store, Inc.


Schroeder & Holt Architects, Milwaukee, WI

Field Applicator

Nikolas Painting Contractors, Inc., Bridgeview, IL