Winner of the 2010 New England ICRI Project of the Year!
Built in 1890, Royal Mills near Providence, Rhode Island, once operated one of the world’s busiest hydro-powered cotton mills. In 2004, the mill was purchased with the plan to convert the building into trendy apartments. However, a major fire, 120 years of harsh wet weather, heavy industrial use and neglect from 10 years of vacancy had taken its toll. Royal Mills would need considerable restoration and waterproofing. The mill’s location on the banks of the river made excavation and external waterproofing challenging.
New England Dry Concrete was brought in to assess the site, they found severe water intrusion including wet stone and brick inside occupied apartments, poor conditions in many sub-grade units and no insulation or weather stop from the outside, allowing the weather to migrate right through the walls.
Along with extensive cosmetic work, significant waterproofing was needed to bring the space to habitable levels. New England Dry Concrete used Kryton’s line of products because it allowed the company to waterproof from the inside out, leaving the building’s beautiful stone exterior intact. As the site sits along a canal and waterfall, the resistance to hydrostatic pressure that the Kryton line of products offered was a very important benefit.
The extensive waterproofing repair work included:
Sustainability was important to the developer, much of the original flooring was refinished and 50% of all construction debris from the historic site was reused in signage and other public areas.
Developer benefits of using Kryton’s Krystol System:
Now the building takes its rightful place in the US National Historic Register of buildings, providing elegant and dry homes to 250 families.
Krystol Internal Membrane (KIM) is a hydrophilic crystalline admixture used to create permanently waterproof concrete.
Krystol Bari-Cote is a high-strength crystalline concrete waterproofing top coat used to resurface and repair concrete or masonry.
Hydrostop Sealer is a high-performance penetrating sealer used by itself to protect concrete, brick, mortar and masonry from the damaging effects of water intrusion.