Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2008: Design Awards
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9 / 10 2 0 0 8 texas architect 115 PORTFOLIO: hIgh-RI se deve LOPmenT s typical residential floor plan 1 spa 2 lobby 3 movie theater 4 fitness center 5 game room 1 2 3 4 5 Zca residential has designed a new resort-style 31-story condominium complex on south padre island. commissioned by the randall davis company, the sap- phire commands attention as the first visible building to newcomers crossing the Queen isabella causeway. the illuminated “jewel” cupolas on the top of the building serve as shining beacons inviting visitors to the island, while white-framed windows reflect sunlight in a way that makes the building appear to change colors through- out the day. inside, the building offers over 200 units ranging from 1,400 to 4,570 square feet, each boasting views of both the Gulf of Mexico and laguna Madre Bay. the 300-foot-long infinity-edge pool, thatched-roof ca- banas, wine room, spa, fitness center, cinema, and beach access provide multiple opportunities for recreation and relaxation. above the nineteenth floor, penthouse suites have 10-15-foot high ceilings, personal terraces, and Jacuzzis. Zca considered the potential climate impacts of the building’s southern location, incorporating a wa- terproofing 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. emma Janzen project The Sapphire, South Padre Island client Randall Davis Company architect ZCA Residential design team R. Scott Ziegler, AIA; Jim Zemski, AIA; Chris Petrash, AIA; Rafael Feinstein; Sandra Morrison contractor G.T. Leach Construction consultants CHPA Consulting Engineers (MEP); PBS&J (civil); SCA Consulting Engineers (structural); Spectrum Specification Plus (specifications); EDSA; Kudela & Weinheimer (landscape architects); CPP (windtunnel testing); AECC (construction consulting); Terracon Consultants; Drash Consulting Engineers (geotechnical); Spencer Partnership Architects (parking garage, bungalow, Sheraton entry) photographer Aker/Zvonkovic Photography resources concrete : Transit Mix; masonry units : Innovative Block of South Texas; cast stone : Siteworks; shingles : Atlas Roofing Corp.; mem - brane roofing : Soprema/Conner-Legrand; metal roofing : Bemo USA; traffic coating : Tremco; glazed curtainwall : Kawneer; gypsum board : USG; conveying systems : Thyssen Krupp, American Chute Systems