Waterfront construction to transform Seattle
The Alaskan Way Viaduct is a mammoth $3.1 billion transportation infrastructure project, set to deliver in late 2018. It’s transforming the waterfront of downtown Seattle with a series of 30 major interrelated construction projects. The headliner: a two-mile-long highway tunnel carved under downtown Seattle. The project replaces the original Alaskan Way Viaduct, which is an aging highway overpass that is vulnerable to earthquakes.
Daunting transit construction challenges
Bill Parks, project manager for waterproofer F.D. Thomas, was tasked with several epic assignments, including waterproofing the south tunnel portal, a cut-and-cover section formed with shotcrete. The 60-foot-deep jobsite was virtually floating in water. Water fountains shooting four feet or higher routinely burst through the mud slab. Secant piles offered only token water resistance. And still it rained and rained.
The transportation infrastructure faced a daunting series of issues, including:
- Meeting specifications that called for a clay membrane waterproofing solution
- Working dozens of feet below the water table during one of the rainiest periods on record
- Complying with harsh warranty requirements for near-zero water leakage
- Maintaining a hyper-aggressive project schedule
PREPRUFE® waterproof ensures a bone-dry tunnel
Parks knew if they could clear one crucial hurdle—changing the original waterproofing specs of the transportation infrastructure—he and his team could meet the demanding expectations.
“We insisted on using the PREPRUFE® SCS system,” Parks recalls. “If we had used the other system, it would have been a disaster.”
SCS pre-applied system engineered for shotcrete linings is manufactured and sold by GCP Applied Technologies, a global construction and technologies leader. The easy-to-apply membrane and injected grout create a uniform and continuous waterproofing system, sealing off the structure with a resilient cover and ending lateral water migration.
“If a leak appears,” Parks says, “your chances of immediately stopping it are about 90 percent with PREPRUFE® SCS.”
While up to two years of work remains on tunnel boring and finishing, the south portal transportation infrastructure results are outstanding. F.D. Thomas has installed PREPRUFE® SCS system to about 400,000 square feet of walls. Verdict: a bone-dry tunnel.
“When waterproofed by an experienced team, shotcrete applications are completely waterproof,” Parks explains. “General contractors, owners, architects, and engineers can definitely specify watertight shotcrete with confidence.”
Blue360sm Product Performance Advantage.
Because every project, large or small, deserves the best level of protection.
gcpat.com | North America Customer Service: +1 (877) 423 6491
GCP Applied Technologies Inc., 2325 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 450, Alpharetta, GA 30009, USA
GCP Canada, Inc., 294 Clements Road, West, Ajax, Ontario, Canada L1S 3C6
This document is only current as of the last updated date stated below and is valid only for use in the United States. It is important that you always refer to the currently available information at the URL below to provide the most current product information at the time of use. Additional literature such as Contractor Manuals, Technical Bulletins, Detail Drawings and detailing recommendations and other relevant documents are also available on www.gcpat.com. Information found on other websites must not be relied upon, as they may not be up-to-date or applicable to the conditions in your location and we do not accept any responsibility for their content. If there are any conflicts or if you need more information, please contact GCP Customer Service.
Last Updated: 2023-02-14