2018 Associated Builders and Contractors Houston Excellence in Construction Merit Award – Finish Exterior

Hotel ZaZa is a 159 room boutique hotel located in the Memorial City area of west Houston. The mid-century modern hotel offers oversized, stylish accommodations, thought-provoking art, over 11,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a spa and resort-style pool.

Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd. (CMS) supplied and installed over 624,000 Acme Pep 30 Dove Gray king size velour brick, 44,000 8x8x16 CMU, 5,000 10x8x16 CMU, 3,000 6x8x16 CMU, over 5,400 8x8x16 Buff Burnished CMU and 1,304 cu. ft. of cast stone, consisting of over 1,900 individual pieces. All material had to be distributed and installed on each of the seventeen floors.

CMS installed most of its work from mast climber scaffolding. Facing a very aggressive 6 month schedule that focused on completing one floor at a time, the mast climber set-up for all four elevations had to be carefully planned. In addition, the mast climbers had to be built to bypass the rooms with balconies that were not uniformly placed throughout the façade by design. Frame scaffolding was used at the balconies to accommodate this design feature, as well as around the pool and for the interior walls. The exterior veneer was sequenced so that CMS would follow preceding trades on each floor. This process was repeated in a spiral fashion working up the building. This type of installation method required that all trades coordinate their efforts and match their crew sizes to the pace of the work. Another unusual design feature called for the brick returns of specific windows to extend out 3″ past the veneer on the south and the north elevations. Solid bricks were used for the returns and special care was required to maintain the noticeable vertical brick lines that ran from levels 6 through 17.

As a masonry contractor, our goal was to provide a high quality brick façade while navigating the structural obstacles on the building and keeping pace with the extremely aggressive schedule. Utilizing mast climbers on all four elevations simultaneously and full coordination by all subcontractors and the GC, allowed the project to be competed well in advance of the original schedule. The quality of the installation is exceptional as the brick have an irregular face and the façade has several large uninterrupted expanses of masonry thus requiring good layout and workmanship to remain flat.

The decision to install a brick veneer on all 17 floors is reminiscent of the hotels of the past that were built to last. Hotel ZaZa is truly unique and capably fills the void for luxury hotels in the Memorial City neighborhoods and Energy Corridor.

2018 Associated Builders and Contractors Houston Excellence in Construction Merit Award – Finish Interior Masonry

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West Memorial Place Phase II is the second building of a Class A office development situated on twelve acres at one of the preeminent international locations for businesses in Houston. Phase II is a fourteen story 340,000 sq. ft. LEED Platinum office building with an adjacent eight story parking garage. The development contains on site dining, easy access to I-10 and is adjacent to Terry Hershey Park which connects to over 50 miles of hike and bike trails. It is truly an environment where tenants can work and play.

Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd. (CMS) was responsible for the stone scope which included shop drawings and the supply and installation of 1,730 sq. ft. of 2 cm polished Blue de Savoie marble interior wall cladding, 755 sq. ft. of 2 cm polished Super White Carrara C marble interior wall cladding, 7,500 sq. ft. of 2 cm honed Super White Carrara C marble interior paving and 250 sq. ft. of 1 cm honed Super White Carrara C marble tile paving for the elevator cabs. Additionally, CMS supplied and installed 3,650 sq. ft. of 3 cm thermal finished Silver Cloud granite exterior paving.

The architect and owner chose a unique combination of materials for this project. They selected Super White Carrara C marble with a consistent white background and a borderline exotic material, Blue de Savoie marble, with a highly variegated blue-gray pattern. The tight range required by the owner and architect made the acquisition process for both materials extremely challenging. The range review in Italy for the Blue de Savoie marble and the Super White Carrara C marble was critical in demonstrating the full characteristics of each material while defining the desires of the architect and owner. CMS carefully bracketed the color and veining characteristics such that its fabricator fully understood the project’s expectations.

In addition to the difficulty experienced with the Blue de Savoie’s wide range of color and veining characteristics, the small French quarry offered limited availability. This, coupled with the current high demand for this material made the acquisition process precarious. However, the Blue de Savoie marble provided the exact look that the architect desired for the interior wall cladding. As such, CMS expended considerable time and effort to control the acquisition process and adhere to the tight range approved for this material.

Another complicating factor to the stone supply component of this job is the current high worldwide demand for all white marbles which has reduced the availability of material that was once easily obtainable. Because of the relative small quantity (755 sq. ft.) and the importance to the project, the architect was able to personally select the specific Super White Carrara C marble slabs to be used for the elevator lobby accent wall during the range review in Italy. The range for the paving was expanded slightly, with the insistence that the background of the honed material be as white as possible. Due to the project’s strict color constraints, there was a substantial amount of material rejected during the selection process, simply due to not being white enough. Ultimately, after reviewing and acquiring several blocks, CMS was able to procure enough material for the 7,500 sq. ft. of lobby paving.

As the final component, CMS installed 3 cm thermal finish Silver Cloud granite exterior paving at the areaway outside the front entrance and as a border adjacent to the curtainwall perimeter and the connecting link extending to the parking garage.

While the project has a very clean and uncomplicated design, the material procurement and quality control were difficult. Ultimately, the materials were appropriately controlled, expertly and safely installed on schedule. The end result is a well-executed, highly efficient state-of-the-art facility which will serve the Energy Corridor for decades to come.

2018 Associated Builders and Contractors Houston Excellence in Construction ICE Award – Finish Interior Masonry

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2018 Associated Builders and Contractors Houston Excellence in Construction Merit Award – Finish Exterior

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2018 Associated Builders and Contractors Houston Excellence in Construction Merit Award – Finish Interior Masonry

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600 Jefferson is a 20-story office building located on the corner of Jefferson Street and Smith Street. Stream Realty, the current owner, felt the 450,000 sq. ft. Class B office structure (which was constructed in 1972) was in need of a major renovation when they purchased the building in 2014. They immediately began working on [...]

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2018 Associated Builders and Contractors Houston Excellence in Construction Merit Award – Finish Interior Masonry

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10100 Katy Freeway is a six story office building located on the prominent corner of Gessner and the Katy Freeway. This 252,000 sq. ft. office structure is connected to a 633,782 sq. ft. parking garage. 10100 Katy is a LEED certified building that is currently being considered for a Silver LEED rating. Camarata Masonry Systems, [...]

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