NewsWaterproof car park

Waikato District Health Board

Client:                       Waikato District Health Board        

Project Size:             20,400m2             

Project Background:
The Waikato Hospital car park is a 10-storey, 18 level, 800 car park building and it was constructed in 2007. Cracks in the car park parking deck floor slabs were discovered four years after the car park building was built.
Cracking of car park floors is common to these light weight structures. However, it was the extent and frequency of cracks which prompted repair and remediation.
The cracked concrete parking decks in the car park building have the potential to expose the steel reinforcing in the concrete to water and ultimately cause corrosion and spalling of the concrete. Evaluating concrete core sampling showed that the parking decks were in a fair condition but further deterioration would limit the life of the parking building. Water transferred from vehicles saturated the parking decks up to level 10 and water from the upper open exposed levels and the open sides of the car park reached all levels.
Polymer Group’s polyurethane system was chosen to extend the life of the car park structure. The project specification detailed a thorough cleaning and prepara-tion of the surface prior to rectifying the cracks in the concrete and then application of a flexible polyurethane membrane system topped with a heavy-duty vehicle wear coat. Combined, the above system provides a traf-ficable car park deck waterproofing system that is ex-tremely hard wearing and has long-term serviceability. The result was a 100% waterproofed, fully bonded, very hard wearing, vehicular traffic system applied over the entire surface area.
Waterproofing the car decks has prevented water ingress from further affecting the steel reinforcing that would ultimately cause immeasurable damage to the structure. Polymer Group’s solution offered the best cost and time/benefit solution.

Applicators:  Surfprep, Cantec Hamilton & Resitech

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