That’s a Wrap! The Ohio State University McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Tile Replacement Project is Complete!

Berglund Construction recently completed The Ohio State University McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion tile replacement project. The aquatic pavilion is home to the University’s men's and women's varsity swimming and diving team and varsity synchronized swimming team. The aquatic pavilion is the site of Ohio's premier competitive swimming venue and features spectator seating for 1,400 people and a 50-meter competitive swimming pool.

The McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion is a low-rise structure that is part of the Recreation and Physical Activities Center (RPAC), on The Ohio State University campus. The aquatic pavilion contains five pools and two spas. The pools are constructed with a cast-in-place concrete shell and ceramic tile finishes. The ceramic tiles were one-inch square and primarily white. Black and blue colored tiles were used for the lane markers and other features.

Shortly after construction began, delaminated tiles were observed in some of the pools. Repairs were performed periodically to repair the loose tiles, including complete removal and replacement of the tiles in some areas. However, delamination of the tiles continued to be a problem. The design-build team of Berglund and Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates was retained to investigate the failures, recommend materials and procedures for replacement of the pool tiles, and perform the replacement of the tiles in all pools.

This project had a preconstruction phase, with a combination of laboratory testing of materials, mock-ups utilizing various repair materials and techniques and evaluation of previous repair attempts.