Houston, TX (June, 2012) – The Associated Masonry Contractors of Houston presented Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd. with the Golden Trowel Excellence Award in Government / Institutional category for Hays County Municipal Government Complex. This project, along with Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd., also received the Texas Masonry Council 2012 Honorable Mention (Government / Institutional) Golden Trowel Award in August 2012.
The new 232,000 square foot Hays County Government Center in San Marcos, Texas was designed to incorporate ten courtrooms and space for county departments that are currently scattered throughout the area. The energy efficient three-story building is designed to provide state-of-the-art, secure courtrooms as well as adequate workspace as the county grows in population and services.
There are many details on the project that could go unnoticed to the untrained eye but were extraordinarily difficult to build. The first floor stone columns are only one piece wide and fit in between the windows with 3/8” caulk joint on each side. As their location on the elevation is fixed, careful coordination with the adjacent trades was required and accuracy of installation was paramount. Similarly, the base stones under the windows were one piece and fit between the brick ledge and the window with a single 3/8” caulk joint. Another challenge was created by the sheer size of the building. Efficient distribution of materials, scaffolding and manpower was an ongoing initiative. Long site lines with prominent architectural features mandated almost perfect alignment since any deviation from line or plane could be easily detected.
The end result is a well executed, highly efficient state-of-the-art facility which will serve Hays County for decades to come.
Architect: HDR Architecture, Inc.
General Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction