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Penetron Takes On Shifty Florida Soil For The Rise Apartment Tower

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The first phase of construction, encompassing the first of three apartment towers, at The Rise at Plantation Walk residential development in Plantation, Florida was completed in July 2020. PENETRON ADMIX was used to waterproof crucial below-grade concrete structures of the apartment tower. The Plantation Walk is a $350 million project located on a 33-acre site in the heart of Plantation, Florida. The mixed-use development combines an existing building with 177,000 square feet of Class-A office space and 200,000 square feet of retail space. This upgrade provides space for shops and restaurants, a renovated 263-room Sheraton Hotel, 171 new apartment units (in the first apartment tower), and a 2,600-car parking space garage. The ground floor is dedicated to retail shops and restaurants, while the apartments are on the second-eigth floors, with the garage occupying the below-grade basement floors.

The local Penetron experts worked together with Adonel Concrete, the ready-mix supplier, to provide an optimal concrete mix for the below-grade concrete pile caps and elevator pits of the residential tower. PENETRON ADMIX was added to the concrete mix. Once mixed into the concrete, the proprietary chemicals in PENETRON ADMIX react with moisture and concrete minerals to form insoluble crystals throughout the entire concrete matrix. The insoluble crystals forming within the cracks and voids of the concrete matrix reduce shrinkage cracking, seal microcracks and provide self-healing abilities to seal hairline cracks over the service life of the structure.

“The self-healing capability of the concrete at The Rise virtually eliminates the need for any future maintenance,” adds Christopher Chen. “Once added to the mix, PENETRON ADMIX can extend the service life of concrete structures by 60 years or more, even in the harsh environmental conditions of Southern Florida!” The Penetron System has been recommended for Phase 2 of The Rise at Plantation Walk; work will begin within the next month.

PENETRON: A Protective Coating Against Acid Attack In Wastewater Facilities

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The pumps at the Nova Piqueri Sewage Pumping Station on the Tietê River in São Paulo, Brazil went online in June 2020. PENETRON ARC, an innovative new acid-activated protective coating that effectively protects concrete structures exposed to highly acidic environments, was successfully applied at the new facility.

The Tietê River rises in the Serra do Mar just east of the city of São Paulo and flows northwest for 700 miles (1,130 km) before ending in the Paraná River. Considered one of the most important economic conduits in the state of São Paulo, it is also known as the most polluted. Sabesp, a Brazilian water and waste management company owned by the state of São Paulo, was mandated in the 1990s to clean up the Tietê River.

Slowly Restoring A River

“After more than 20 years, the Tietê River clean-up still has a long way to go, but progress has been made,” notes Cláudio Neves Ourives, Executive Director of Penetron Brasil. “An important part of restoring a healthy river has been the ongoing expansion of sewage treatment capacity across the state. The recent completion of the Nova Piqueri sewage pumping station is part of that process.”

The Barueri wastewater treatment plant, the biggest such facility in Brazil, treats sewage from the city of São Paulo. The Nova Piqueri sewage pumping station, an automated station where sewage passes through a waste crusher and is pumped to a higher elevation to flow to the sewage treatment plant, is part of the Barueri plant upgrade. During the planning phase of the pumping station project, Telar Engenharia e Comércio S.A. (Telar), the project’s general contractor, looked for a way to protect the new concrete structures from the highly aggressive environment found in the aerobic conditions of a sewage treatment plant.