Austin Proper Hotel & Residences in Texas. Rendering courtesy Handel Architects, LLP.
Thornton Tomasetti is providing structural engineering and sustainability consulting for a high-rise, four-star hotel with condominiums above Block 188 of the Green Water Development Treatment Plant in Austin, Texas. The hotel includes 244 guestrooms and multibedroom suites and provides amenities such as retail space, a restaurant, bar and lounge space, meeting rooms, two roof decks with swimming pools, six residential plunge pools, a full spa and fitness center and other functions. The residential portion of the tower includes 98 forsale condominium residences and penthouses totaling 200,000 square feet of net residential space.
The shape of the tower includes many set-backs and cantilevered structural slabs which presented a challenge to stack the columns with limited use of transfer girders. Intense collaboration with the architect, including in-person workshops and online computer modeling gatherings, helped the project team reduce the amount of transfer girders required.
Per the requirements of the City of Austin, the project is required to achieve a minimum AEGB 2 Star and LEED Gold rating. Thornton Tomasetti is using LEED for New Construction and AEGB Commercial Rating as tools to integrate and prioritize the green building design and construction strategies related to water, waste and energy reduction into the project.
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