The March 2020 opening of the Tru by Hilton Hotel in Dania Beach, Florida, underlines the growing popularity of this formerly quiet beach town. Penetron crystalline technology provided a durable solution for the below-grade concrete structures of the beachside hotel.
Once viewed as an underrated beach town just south of Fort Lauderdale, Dania Beach was mainly known as the "Tomato Capital of the World.” Today, it is rapidly becoming an appealing vacation spot and is now called "The Antique Capital of the South," due to its many antique shops – and the location for Hilton’s newest “Tru” brand hotel.
With over 100 locations in North America, the “Tru by Hilton” hospitality brand targets a millennial demographic – offering modern and mid-priced hotel rooms. AD1 Global Hospitality, a real estate developer, recently completed this newest Tru by Hilton, a 115-room, six-floor hotel with a gaming center, an outdoor pool, a business area, a fitness center and ‘grab-and-go’ meal options for guests in Dania Beach.
A More Robust Waterproofing Solution
With a construction site located in a low-lying seaside city, the Marker Construction Group reached out to Penetron for a robust waterproofing solution for the hotel’s elevator pits. Initial construction plans called for a traditional membrane system to secure the structure against the site’s groundwater.
“We demonstrated to the engineers at Marker Construction how the waterproofing and corrosion-mitigating properties of Penetron crystalline technology would be significantly more economical when compared to the membrane solution,” explains Christopher Chen, Director of The Penetron Group. “We were also able to talk about the many similar hospitality projects that opted for our crystalline technology to successfully resolve the identical issue.”
A Micro Solution for Below-Grade Concrete
Because water and waterborne contaminants penetrate concrete mainly through capillary absorption and hydrostatic pressure, solving this problem demands a “molecular level” solution. Once mixed into the concrete, the active ingredients in PENETRON ADMIX react with water (and elements contained in the concrete) to form insoluble crystals. These permanently fill in cracks, pores and voids in the concrete to become an integral part of the matrix, virtually eliminating any future maintenance costs.
“Penetron crystalline waterproofing technology was developed and optimized over many years through careful micro-engineering,” adds Christopher Chen. “The results at Dania Beach – and across Southern Florida – speak for our success.”