The Schwartz Athletic Center indoor swimming pool was being fitted for a new stainless steel gutter. When the old gutter was removed, the tile walls began to crumble and fall into the pool. ARDEX Sales Professional Matt Minney was called in by Wallover Architects to evaluate the damage and recommend ARDEX Tile & Stone Installation Systems products to bring the swimming pool back to working order. D. G. March & Associates was given one month to complete the project. In the meantime, Widener University swim team traveled to a temporary location for practice and swim meets.


  • Rehabilitation of existing pool in university
  • Sports complex building
  • One-month installation time frame
  • 15,000 square-foot installation area


ARDEX Sales Professional Matt Minney demonstrated the capabilities of ARDEX products for installers at the jobsite on a weekly basis. ARDEX AM 100™ Rapid Set Pre-Tile Smoothing and Ramping Mortar was used to repair damage to the pool walls and prep the area for tile installation. ARDEX AM 100 ensured the pool complied with the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s specifications which require that certain pool lengths and widths and fall within a one-inch tolerance for competition. ARDEX 8+9™ Rapid Waterproofing and Crack Isolation Compound prevented topside water leakage on pool walls. Rapid-setting and drying qualities of these products expedited installation. ARDEX X 77™ MICROTEC® Fiber Reinforced Thin Set Mortar securely set pool tiles while ARDEX X 32™ MICROTEC® Fiber Reinforced Rapid Setting Thin-to-Thick Bed Mortar ramped and set pool deck tiles. ARDEX FL™ Rapid Set, Flexible, Sanded Grout (Natural Almond and Ocean Grey) and ARDEX CA 20 P™ Multi-Purpose Construction Adhesive and Sealant gave the pool and pool areas a polished and finished look. Because a full line of ARDEX tile products was used, a 10-Year SystemOne™ warranty was granted to D. G. March and Associates. Ted Wallover, owner of Wallover Architects stated, “I will only specify ARDEX Tile & Stone Installation Systems products for my pool installations from now on. ARDEX products are amazing.”


Installer D. G. March & Associates – Pottstown, PA
Architect Wallover Architects – Lancaster, PA

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