Mixed-Use New Construction Building for Sawyer Yards in Houston, TX
Summary: A strong and durable building enclosure system was needed as the first wall in a new two-story mixed-use development. To keep the project on schedule and budget, a solution was needed that could be installed quickly, cost-effectively and offer the strength and durability needed to meet racking and other structural requirements.
Building Type: Mixed-use, new construction
Need: A strong and durable building enclosure system that could be installed quickly and cost-effectively.
Story: In the fall of 2018, Houston-based developer Lovett Commercial announced plans to add two buildings and an additional 115,000 square feet to the more than 40-acre Sawyer Yards development, which would include new restaurants, breweries, offices and retail stores. For the new construction two-story 50,000 mixed-use building, ArmorWall NC was specified to ensure that the project’s building enclosure system would be installed quickly and cost-effectively, limiting potential negative impacts of weather and issues with many crews using many products.
With ArmorWall NC, the general contractor and installer were able to complete the building enclosure system weeks faster than they would have using traditional materials. For a project of this scale and importance being weathered-in weeks sooner than normal provided a wealth of schedule, cost and other benefits.
Importantly, ArmorWall NC was used on a back shear wall of the building to provide extra durability and strength to handle racking requirements due to wind and potential natural disasters. With this first wall completed quickly, work on the remainder of the building could begin sooner than anticipated, a benefit to all parties involved.
Upon completion of the ArmorWall installation, brick was used as the exterior finish, providing the industrial feel that the developer and architect wanted to deliver with the project.