2016 Associated General Contractors of Houston APEX Award – Silver Interior Finishes

Energy Center III is a 546,000 square foot, twenty story, Class A office building located on a prime 18 acre site in Houston’s Energy Corridor.

Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd. (CMS) was responsible for the procurement and installation of over 7,100 sf of Gascogne beige flooring, 1,620 sf of Arabescato flooring and walls, 6,700 sf of Persian Red Travertine walls, 2,500 sf of Calacatta Cervaiole walls, 10,500 sf Rajah Black granite pavers / steps / planter veneer and 800 sf of Silestone Blanco Zeus lavatory tops.  In addition, CMS supplied and installed the concrete masonry units and core restroom ceramic tile.

The lobby wall was designed by the Architect to have a visual effect of stepping in and out as it extended upward.  This was accomplished by using 3 cm, 5 cm, and 7 cm thick wall panels.  All stone was dry laid in Italy with each stone’s location preapproved.  The fragile Persian Red Travertine (having pieces in excess of 350 pounds and 7 feet in length) was rodded to avoid breakage during shipping and installation.  Since each stone had a specific location, any breakage would make it next to impossible to match adjacent stones.  The extreme weight of some of the stones coupled with offset centers of gravity necessitated the use of engineered mechanical anchorage supporting each piece individually.  The outward rotation loads of some of the pieces and the random locations of the anchor attachments dictated that the substrate be extremely stiff and accommodating.  Accordingly, the stone anchorage was secured to a reinforced CMU substrate which was supplied and installed by CMS.

The Calacatta feature wall was initially designed to have backlit white glass panels.  After construction, the owner determined that this was not the desired look.  CMS supplied Calacatta marble months after substantial completion of the building and incorporated the same blind anchorage system utilized by the glass subcontractors, thereby allowing erection on the previously installed support grid.  The wall stones are absent caulk and are separated horizontally and vertically by decorative metal strips.

Finally, the seemingly random appearance of the Persian Red Travertine wall is broken by polished Arabescato marble strips.  These strips continue through the Gascogne interior floor and align perfectly with the exterior plaza strips which are visible through the mullionless glass storefront.

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