Keeping India’s booming IT industry waterproof – Case Study I

1. Edelweiss/IBM

Description of the problem:

In 2008 Edelweiss, one of India’s leading financial service companies, struck the highest deal in real estate by purchasing a 3 basement, G + 14 stored RCC building for approximately 250 crores with a built-up area of 2 lakh sq. ft. to house their corporate office.

As part of their IT infrastructure, this building was also going to house Edelweiss’s central server room, battery room, electrical room, and UPS. IBM designed, built, and maintained the entire IT infrastructure for Edelweiss’s operation.

The structure consisted of RCC columns and PT slabs. Extended cantilevers were cast along the entire periphery of the building to provide external glazing to the structure. During June 2010 monsoon, rainwater seeped through these vast cantilever portions, resulting in leakages in the server room and UPS area.

It was also found that the existing PT slabs were porous, resulting in the passage of water through the entire slab. This resulted in the mainframe shutdown, thereby hampering the whole trading activities of the company. Due to this significant breakdown, the clients demanded a full-proof waterproofing system to ensure business continuity.

The clients approached Sunanda Global’s Concrete Materials Consultancy Division based on our exemplary track record of delivering results. This site was incredibly complicated since the slab was post-tensioned, so it was impossible to grout it.

Consequently, selecting a concrete waterproofing system, designing and implementing a foolproof waterproofing specification, and on-job quality assurance are paramount.

Post a detailed inspection and identification of weak spots, the custom methodology was recommended, approved, and executed in a record time of 45 days.

Fig 2: Edelweiss Financial Services, Mumbai


About author 

Ms. Ishita Manjrekar is a director at Sunanda Speciality Coatings Pvt. Ltd and oversees Sunanda’s R&D, specifically focusing on developing and marketing Sunanda’s line of sustainable construction chemicals. In this role, Ishita draws on 4 years of rich experience in sustainability at Primary Global Research in San Francisco and New York. While at Primary Global Research, Ishita led the “Green Technologies” business unit.

She has been invited to feature on Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Radio numerous times as a subject matter expert on sustainability and green technologies.

Multiple print media have also sought Ms. Manjrekar’s expertise, including Reuters, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, BBC News, and Market Watch. Ms. Manjrekar has travelled to over 20 countries and regularly publishes research papers on sustainability and green construction chemicals in journals of national and international repute.

Most recently, she was invited to present a paper on sustainable solutions being developed in Sunanda’s ISO 9001:2008 certified R&D lab at ACI’s Spring Convention in Pittsburgh, USA.

Ishita also spoke on the latest innovations in sustainable underwater concreting practices at the International Conference on Sustainability organized by the India Chapter of the American Concrete Institute in Mumbai.

As an expert in green construction chemicals, Ishita is often invited to be on peer review panels for papers published in National and International publications.

Ms. Manjrekar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai (erstwhile UDCT). She also has a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer (RPI) in New York, USA.


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