Waterproofing Solutions for Concrete Structures

A new aquatics center in Budapest needed some help keeping the correct water in the pool. About 100 designers, architects, and engineers were involved in the planning and construction of the Dagály Aquatics Complex in Budapest, Hungary.

The challenge was to keep the water in the concrete pools of the new Aquatics Complex in but also ensure that the groundwater from the adjacent river stays out. The new center will host the 2017 FINA World Championships this summer. This state-of-the-art facility comprises two 50 m pools, one for competition and one for warm-ups, and a diving pool.

The main building of the Dagály Aquatics Complex holds a lot of water in its pools, but it is also situated right on the shores of the Danube River. This is why the project needed an optimal and robust waterproofing solution for the concrete structures. To counter the challenge of the high water table at the construction site, concrete bore piles were driven into the ground and a 250 mm thick reinforced concrete slab was poured on top of the piles.

To provide the necessary strength and durability for all the pool structures, the concrete was treated with Pentron Admix during the batching phase to ensure a completely waterproof concrete matrix. About 550 cubic yards of treated concrete were used for the pools.

The Dagály Aquatic Center construction project also included comprehensive upgrades to the surrounding infrastructure. This is an example of using new technology in construction materials to complete a complex project.

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