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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


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


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.

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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

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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

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typical residential floor plan 1 spa 2 lobby 3 movie theater 4 fitness center 5 game room

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