The elevated design and
spectacular skyline views of this multi-family complex is phase one of an over
$375 million dollar development that will include residential, retail, office,
hotel and recreation facilities. The complex sits in a spectacular location on
60 acres of prime waterfront land across from midtown with direct ferry and
rail service located on the premises.
In order to meet not only the
aggressive schedule but also the large project footprint with three separate
towers connected by a single podium, the owners realized that precast was the
perfect choice due to its durability, sustainability and versatility. The
precaster was able to meet the complexity of the three towers and connection by
using a combination of traditional precast and SlenderWall™ precast panels that
would not only solve the space constraints for installation, but also the
reach/weight limitations of the design using a total of 1,654 panelized units.
This project marked the largest deployment of SlenderWall panels in the product's
Precast has become the architectural cladding material of choice to
accomplish superior aesthetics, durability and construction economy.
SlenderWall's wall system incorporates high-tech PVA fiber and welded wire reinforcement,
stainless steel fasteners, heavy-gauge galvanized steel studs, and energy-code
compliant closed-cell foam insulation into each architectural precast panel.
This enabled the system to address multiple high-performance goals for the
project without the need for additional trades or building materials.
The developer, architect, and construction
manager agreed on precast concrete panels for the towers, citing these key
features for the selection: visually appealing, speed of construction, offsite
fabrication to minimize trades on a site of this complexity, durability and
resiliency to stand up to strong coastal winds and storms, and energy
efficiency to meet new state energy and thermal code requirements.