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New Residential District in Ekaterinburg Built on Penetron Technology


The first Makarov Quarter apartment tower in Ekaterinburg, Russia, was inaugurated in December 2018. When completed by 2022, the massive residential development will create a virtually self-contained district on the shores of the Iset River, and Penetron crystalline technology will ensure durable – and dry – concrete basement structures for the whole development.

In less than four years, the Makarov Quarter project will be a wholly new residential development on the Olympic Embankment, an upscale district close to the center of Ekaterinburg, Russia. The first of four apartment tower complexes was opened last month and features 50 spacious 4-5-bedroom apartments with modern amenities, including underground parking for all residents, a fitness gym (complete with a 25-m pool), a hospital, a dental clinic and supermarket. The second tower complex is scheduled to open by the end of 2019. Finally, two historic buildings at the site – the Simanovskaya Mill and a laboratory building – are being renovated and will also be integrated into the Makarov Quarter development.

The project contractor, Ural Mining Metallurgical Company (UMMC), is a leading Russian producer of commodities (copper, zinc, coal, gold and silver, etc.) and also operates a sizeable construction division. Located on the shores of the Iset River, the Makarov Quarter project offers scenic views of the city center, the Iset River, and Ekaterinburg’s new business district, home to many global corporate offices.

Constructed on the former site of an old mill, the Makarov Quarter’s proximity to the Iset River stipulated a durable concrete waterproofing solution. UMMC contacted Penetron-Ural, the local Penetron representative, about an optimal waterproofing solution for the project.

“The construction site has a high water-table, which demanded a reliable solution that could be applied to all the extensive concrete basement structures included in the project’s plans,” explains Igor Chernogolov, President of Penetron Russia.

The experts at Penetron Ural recommended PENETRON ADMIX, a crystalline admixture that is easily mixed in during batching and unaffected by the often extreme climatic conditions encountered in Ekaterinburg. Once the concrete is set and PENETRON ADMIX becomes an integral part of the matrix, the admixture provides comprehensive protection against concrete deterioration caused by chemical attack, freeze-thaw cycles and corrosion, even with the hydrostatic pressure encountered at the Ekaterinburg construction site.

PENETRON ADMIX was specified for the concrete mix used for the below-grade concrete structures for all the new apartment towers. PENEBAR SW waterstop strips were used to seal the resulting construction joints; PENETRON topical material and PENECRETE MORTAR were also applied for minor repairs in the concrete.

The Penetron Ural team will submit updates on the Makarov Quarter project as construction progresses.

Riverside location: The Makarov Quarter’s proximity to the Iset River demanded a durable concrete waterproofing solution. Penetron-Ural, the local Penetron representative, had the answer.

Close to Ekaterinburg Center: Makarov Quarter features apartment towers, underground parking, a gym, a hospital, a supermarket and the historic Simanovskaya Mill and laboratory building.

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