The January 2024 grand opening of the AGAT Auto Toyota dealership in Rivne, Ukraine, underlined the growing popularity of the global Japanese automotive brand. PENETRON ADMIX, a crystalline concrete waterproofing admixture, was specified for all below-grade structures, in particular the service area’s repair bays.
Located in northwestern Ukraine on the Ustya River, Rivne is home to chemical and machine-construction industries and has a population of over 240,000. As one of the largest automobile dealerships in the Rivne Oblast, the new AGAT Auto dealership sells a wide range of Toyotas and provides comprehensive repair services.
The construction work in Rivne included a large showroom and sales floor and the service center with a detail area and garage with numerous service bays. Because the facility’s below-grade reinforced concrete structures would be exposed to high groundwater levels encountered at the construction site, the project builder required a durable concrete waterproofing solution as protection against corrosion related concrete deterioration.
Olga Vorona, Director of Penetron Ukraine adds: “When the topic of a reliable waterproofing solution for the concrete foundation slab came up for consideration, the answer from the builder was unequivocal – Penetron!”
The concrete poured for the dealership’s 3,000 m2 (33,000 ft2) foundation slab was treated with PENETRON ADMIX, which was added to the concrete during the batching process. When exposed to moisture, the proprietary chemicals in PENETRON ADMIX react in a catalytic reaction with moisture to generate a non-soluble crystalline formation throughout the pores and capillary tracts of the concrete. This formation becomes an integral part of the concrete matrix and permanently seals the concrete, making it impermeable to water or liquids from any direction.
“PENETRON ADMIX was chosen because Penetron products provide protection against water and water-soluble chemicals to prevent corrosion, which has been confirmed by many scientifically executed tests from around the world,” says Olga Vorona. “As an integral solution, PENETRON ADMIX will significantly extend the service life of the concrete structures of the new Toyota dealership.”