Construction continues on the Seattle Aquarium’s new Ocean Pavilion with a recently completed 24-hour concrete pour. Part of the new addition includes a large 360,000-gallon organic bowl-shaped sea life tank, which is the centerpiece of the aquarium.
Waterproof Construction without Compromising Design
Hycrete has been collaborating with the project architect LMN and general contractor Turner Construction over the last several years on the concrete design to achieve waterproof construction. Hycrete Endure WP additive was used to provide advanced waterproof and corrosion protection to extend the life of the 360,000-gallon saltwater tank without compromising the sea life or the architect’s vision.
Hycrete’s Endure WP Provided Dual Protection
Large amounts of curved rebar were required to properly reinforce the tank to create the bowl-shaped design and varying thickness. Hycrete’s Endure WP provided dual protection, both waterproofing the concrete and forming a protective layer over the rebar. Endure WP is a hydrophobic (water-repelling) liquid admixture that forms a performance copolymer when mixed with concrete that fills its natural capillary system, making concrete virtually non-porous and resistant to the transport of moisture vapor and liquid.
Simplified Design and Construction, while also Reducing Risk
Hycrete was able to help simplify a very complex design and construction, provide advanced protection for both waterproofing and corrosion, while also reducing risk for the team and owner.
Photos Provided by Turner Construction
To learn more about the addition visit Seattle Aquarium Ocean Pavilion | Seattle Aquarium