Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd. (CMS) has been accepted as a member of the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association, Inc. (NTMA)

Created in 1924, NTMA establishes national standards for all terrazzo floor and wall systems and provides complete specifications, color plates and general information to architects and designers. Membership in NTMA is limited to terrazzo contractors who meet rigid proficiency standards and participate in continuing educational seminars conducted annually by the association. The NTMA’s contractor membership criteria are among the most rigorous in specialty contracting.

As part of the application process, NTMA staff conducted site visits to CMS projects and interviewed our clients to ensure the quality of our terrazzo installations. In addition, CMS personnel attended two NTMA-approved educational programs during the application process, which from initial submission to final approval took over two years.

CMS is proud to have met the rigid requirements for membership in the NTMA and is committed to providing best in class terrazzo installations for our clients.

2018 Associated Masonry Contractors of Houston Golden Trowel Excellence Award – Residential (Multi-Family)

Hines vertical

Hines Market Square, now known as Aris Market Square, is a mixed-use multi-family development that was designed to blend with the old-style architecture of downtown Houston. This 327,345 sq. ft., 33-story development contains 274 boutique-style residences, eight parking levels, 9,000 sq. ft. of retail space on the ground floor as well as a private pocket park courtyard connecting to Main Street. Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd. (CMS) knew this was going to be a landmark building in the heart of Houston’s Historical District.

Because the project was located in downtown Houston and the adjacent restaurant was expanding simultaneously, the lack of work space was the largest obstacle in the construction of this project. A combination of conventional frame, light swing stage scaffolding and a four point suspended scaffold system was used to build the facade of the tower. The swing stage scaffolding was required above the adjacent restaurant while the four point suspended scaffold system was designed to break into sections so the rest of the installation could be completed in a spiral sequence.

Additionally, the custom four-point system had two levels which allowed other precedent trades to access a level above to complete their scope of work and thereby allowed CMS to follow closely behind with the installation of the brick veneer. All deliveries were just in time since jobsite laydown space was non-existent. Once materials arrived, they were immediately distributed into the building. All mixing operations were performed on each floor and the materials were pushed out of the window and balconies and onto the stages.

The work had significant damage and injury exposure but CMS worked almost 91,000 man hours with no recordable or lost time injuries. The workmanship on the façade is outstanding, with all conspicuous lines crisp and straight and all reveals and accent details aligned perfectly with surrounding building elements. CMS is proud to have met its goal of providing innovative scaffolding solutions allowing the efficient and safe installation of a high quality ‘old world’ masonry façade in the heart of Downtown Houston.

2018 Associated Masonry Contractors of Houston Golden Trowel Excellence Award – Industrial/Commercial

Hotel ZaZa (writeup)

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 [...]

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2018 Associated Masonry Contractors of Houston Golden Trowel Excellence Award – Educational Facility (College/University)

SHSU S Res (writeup)

Sam Houston State University South Residence Hall, now known as Piney Woods Hall, is a new residential complex located on the university’s campus. The building is designed to be a place that offers a strong sense of community, where students feel connected to the University, and to act as a gateway to the campus and [...]

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2018 Associated Masonry Contractors of Houston Golden Trowel Honor Award – Educational Facility (K-12)

Cy-Fair (writeup)

This project is the first phase of a prototype “educational village” for grades K – 12 in the Cypress-Fairbanks (Cy-Fair) Independent School District. This educational village is a multi-campus site where all schools are in close proximity to each other to create a next-generation learning community. This phase of the project included simultaneous construction of [...]

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2018 Associated Masonry Contractors of Houston Golden Trowel Excellence Award – Hardscape/Landscape

The Marriott Marquis is the newest addition to the Houston downtown skyline.  The 1,000 room hotel has over 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including Houston’s largest ballroom.  This 30-story hotel is recognized for its unique Texas-shaped lazy river and heated infinity pool located on the sixth floor amenity deck overlooking Discovery Green Park. Camarata [...]

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