With the completion of the Beacon Tower, the first of three buildings in the Seylynn Village development, the District of North Vancouver has set in motion a twenty year plan to revitalize the area of the North Shore’s Lower Lynn neighborhood. The three building development will be the epicenter of what is projected to be one of the region’s most sought after neighborhoods.
The Beacon Tower boasts 24 stories containing 201 luxury condos, plus five additional two story townhomes. The well thought out architecture takes cues from the surrounding landscape and the Lynne Valley area’s rich industrial heritage in shipping, logging and timber milling. Upon the start of construction of the building’s two levels of below grade parking, the project was met with a very high water table, and challenging swampy soil conditions.
With the hydrostatic water pressure conditions all too evident, the project team needed a permanent solution to waterproof the concrete in the below grade levels, to ensure the hydrostatic pressure would not create waterproofing problems through hairline cracks and joints. As a result, Kryton’s Krystol line of waterproofing products was used to fully tank the slab of the below grade parking structure. Krystol Internal Membrane (KIM) admixture was mixed with the concrete before pouring it, rendering the entire concrete mass a permanent waterproof barrier. Over 12000m3 of KIM concrete was poured for this project alone.
As a PRAH (Permeability Reducing Admixture – Hydrostatic Conditions), KIM is designed to withstand hydrostatic pressure, and grows increasingly effective over the lifespan of the structure. In addition to KIM, Kryton’s Krystol Waterstop for Joints (External) was used to deliver a concentrated formula of Krystol technology to the vulnerable jointing areas of the structure, to ensure water and moisture would be stopped in its tracks. To date, the Krystol Waterproofing Systems are performing as specified, and the areas are a dusty dry condition. Residents moved into the completed building during the summer of 2015.
Krystol Internal Membrane (KIM) is a hydrophilic crystalline admixture used to create permanently waterproof concrete.