Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2008: Design Awards
Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other editorial content largely written by AIA members in Texas. That collective participation was the basis of Texas Architect’s recognition by the national AIA with a 2010 Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement.
P O R T F O L I O : p r o j e c t The Sapphire, South Padre Island Davis Company 31-story condominium complex on South Padre Island. a r c h i t e c t ZCA Residential Commissioned by the Randall Davis Company, the Sap- d e s i g n t e a m R. Scott Ziegler, AIA; Jim Zemski, AIA; Chris Petrash, phire commands attention as the first visible building to AIA; Rafael Feinstein; Sandra Morrison newcomers crossing the Queen Isabella Causeway. The Leach Construction illuminated “jewel” cupolas on the top of the building Consulting Engineers (MEP); PBS&J (civil); serve as shining beacons inviting visitors to the island, SCA Consulting Engineers (structural); Spectrum Specification while white-framed windows reflect sunlight in a way Plus (specifications); EDSA; Kudela & Weinheimer (landscape that makes the building appear to change colors through- architects); CPP (windtunnel testing); AECC (construction out the day. Inside, the building offers over 200 units consulting); Terracon Consultants; Drash Consulting Engineers ranging from 1,400 to 4,570 square feet, each boasting (geotechnical); Spencer Partnership Architects (parking garage, views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre Bay. bungalow, Sheraton entry) The 300-foot-long infinity-edge pool, thatched-roof ca- c o n s u l t a n t s CHPA p h o t o g r a p h e r Aker/Zvonkovic Photography d e v e lop m e n t s ZCA Residential has designed a new resor t-st yle c l i e n t Randall c o n t r a c t o r G.T. h i g h - ri s e 1 2 banas, wine room, spa, fitness center, cinema, and beach access provide multiple opportunities for recreation and r e s o u r c e s concrete : Transit Mix; masonry units : Innovative Block of relaxation. Above the nineteenth floor, penthouse suites South Texas; cast stone : Siteworks; shingles : Atlas Roofing Corp.; mem- have 10-15-foot high ceilings, personal terraces, and brane roofing : Jacuzzis. ZCA considered the potential climate impacts Soprema/Conner-Legrand; metal roofing : Bemo USA; traffic coating : Tremco; glazed curtainwall : Kawneer; gypsum board : USG; conveying systems : Thyssen Krupp, American Chute Systems 3 4 5 of the building’s southern location, incorporating a waterproofing membrane and elastomeric coating to protect the exterior from extreme moisture and salt. Aluminum railings, rust-proof plastic lath, and a stainless steel cooling tower curb rusting while also preventing other forms of weather corrosion of materials. The Sapphire’s amenities and thoughtful design make the building not only luxurious for residents, but also a unique addition to South Padre Island. e m m a 9 / 1 0 2 0 0 8 J a n z e n typical residential floor plan 1 spa 2 lobby 3 movie theater 4 fitness center 5 game room t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 115