Sunset Gardens is located on the coast of Ramlet el Bayda in Lebanon’s capital. Each apartment of the fourteen-story luxury complex stretches 555 square meters (6000 square feet) offering a tranquil view of the Mediterranean Sea, overlooking prestigious hotels in Raouché and only minutes away from Verdun, one of Beirut’s trendiest shopping destinations.
Sunset Gardens offers its residents a lavish common area equipped with a charming swimming pool and a graceful garden.
Having tried and experienced the peace of mind of using Kryton’s systems and dealing with the TA Group, the developer and main contractor of this prestigious project decided to add Krystol Internal Membrane (KIM) admixture directly to the mix for the construction of the below grade, ground entrance, pool, gardens, water reservoir, and patio.
A total of 3200 cubic meters (4200 cubic yards) of KIM was used to waterproof the car-park decks, water tanks, onsite substation, ground slab (largest single pour of 630 cubic meters (824 cubic yards), roof decks, and all other exposed areas throughout the levels.
By simply adding KIM to the concrete mix at the time of batching, waterproofing concrete becomes a quick and easy process that won’t hold up the construction timeline. The Krystol system uses advanced integral crystalline waterproofing technology to transform porous concrete into a permanent, water-resistant barrier and provide a guaranteed defence against water damage and steel reinforcement corrosion. If cracks later form, the incoming water will react with KIM and trigger further crystal growth, filling cracks and keeping the structure watertight.
The TA Group supplied and supervised the addition of KIM-HS and the installation of the Krystol Waterstop system (KWS). The client was satisfied with the waterproofing results and the considerable time savings. The concrete contractor was content that his team did not have interference from membrane applicators and was able to work without worrying about damaging fragile conventional membranes. They can instead, concentrate on producing their usual high-quality concrete at an accelerated pace.
KIM-HS and the Krystol waterstop system were the major products used to waterproof this project. The fact that a huge garden was constructed over a suspended slab at the ground entrance level, the TA Group resorted to adding structural fibers to all suspended concrete members.
The project’s expected completion date is December 2010.