Award-Winning Hotel Builds on PENETRON Durability

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On March 1st, Shangri-La, the luxury Hong Kong-based brand, opened its first hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the gateway to Mecca. PENETRON crystalline technology provided the concrete durability needed for the foundation and swimming pool of the award-winning architectural design.

Shangri-La Jeddah: The foundation slab, basement walls, water storage tanks and hotel’s swimming pool were treated with PENETRON ADMIX to protect from chloride intrusion.

With the seaside location, the project managers gave priority to a waterproofing solution that would also address chloride ion intrusion into the concrete – and danger of corrosion. Penetron provided a durable and permanent solution.

On March 1st, Shangri-La, the luxury Hong Kong-based brand, opened its first hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the gateway to Mecca. PENETRON crystalline technology provided the concrete durability needed for the foundation and swimming pool of the award-winning architectural design.

The 65-floor tower (260 m / 860-feet high) of the Shangri-La Jeddah Hotel faces the Red Sea for optimal solar exposure to light up the hotel’s rooms and power the solar panels. In addition to 236 luxury hotel rooms, there are 122 serviced residences. The hotel features four restaurants, a three-floor ballroom, a spa and fitness area, a swimming pool, a children’s club, and several lounges.

"Jeddah is both an important commercial hub and Saudi Arabia’s primary resort city,” says Shangri-La President and CEO Greg Dogan.

The tower’s design firm, Perkins+Will, was awarded the 2009 MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Award for Best Tall Building. The hotel’s synthetic fabric sails provide shade for interior spaces, protect balconies from wind, maintain privacy, and house LED lights that create a distinctive pattern on the outer surface of the hotel.

Because of its unusual and innovative design, the Shangri-La Jeddah Hotel needed a high performance “envelope” that provides unyielding protection from the elements. A building’s outer structure, all the way down to the foundation, is vulnerable to water intrusion (hydrostatic pressure) and weathering, which can cause cracks, leaks and premature deterioration of concrete structures. These problems often result in costly maintenance and repair and, in the worst cases, a shorter lifespan for the building itself.

“With the seaside location, the project managers gave priority to a waterproofing solution that would also address chloride ion intrusion into the concrete – and danger of corrosion,” explains Jozef Van Beeck, International Sales & Marketing Director of The Penetron Group. “Penetron provided a durable and permanent solution.”

PENETRON ADMIX was specified to treat 30,000 m3 (39,300 cubic yards) of concrete for the hotel’s foundation slab, all basement walls, the hotel water storage tanks and the swimming pool. PENECRETE MORTAR was used to seal any emerging cracks in the existing concrete.

“Because water intrusion is the root cause of nearly every form of concrete deterioration, designing concrete structures to resist the effects of capillary absorption and permeability is key to achieving durable structures,” adds Jozef Van Beeck. “PENETRON ADMIX was designed to address both the short- and long-term environmental challenges faced by the Shangri-La Jeddah Hotel.”

The Penetron Group is a leading manufacturer of specialty construction products for concrete waterproofing, concrete repairs and floor preparation systems. The Group operates through a global network, offering support to the design and construction community through its regional offices, representatives and distribution channels.

For more information on PENETRON waterproofing solutions, please visit penetron(dot)com or Facebook(dot)com/ThePenetronGroup, email CRDept(at)penetron(dot)com, or contact the Corporate Relations Department at 631-941-9700.

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