The Whitney Museum of American Art has vastly increased the Museum’s exhibition and programming space allowing the public the ability to view an unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary art. Designed by world renowned architect, Renzo Piano, the new building includes approximately 50, 000 ft2 (4,645 m2) of indoor galleries and 13, 000 ft2 (1,208 m2) of outdoor exhibition space nestled along the Hudson River in the West Village of New York City.
The new six-storey space is not only well thought out, but also a marvel of architectural expression. The Curator of the Museum, Donna DeSalvo believes the space will be designed and redesigned from the ground up by the artists for many decades. However, in order to allow for these artistic and emotional exhibitions to continue, the structure had to be built with a long service life in mind. This starts from the ground up, which includes the concrete foundation.
As the building sits along the Hudson River on the island of Manhattan, it is subject to hydrostatic water pressure. Kryton Distributor, New England Dry Concrete (NEDC) was called in to ensure a watertight structure was built. NEDC knew that in order to thwart water infiltration which would lead to early deterioration, a Permeability Resistant Admixture for Hydrostatic Pressure (PRAH) was needed. The team used Kryton’s Krystol Internal Membrane (KIM) as it is the only PRAH (Permeability Reducing Admixture for Hydrostatic conditions) on the market.
KIM is guaranteed to last the life of the concrete, self-sealing cracks up to 0.5 mm. Kryton not only protects the concrete from water infiltration, but improves the concrete by ensuring a durable, resilient and sustainable structure. As of writing, the Whitney Museum of American Art is open offering a dry and durable location for enjoying for many years to come.