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Scott + Reid partnered with the management of International Plaza, one of the largest office complexes along the Dallas North Tollway, for the construction of a new building amenity, the Lake House. This new feature is highlighted by several unique design elements, including a custom designed water wall, outdoor fire pit and grilling station, indoor air-conditioned flex space with private restroom and wet bar, and multi-level outdoor patio and entertainment area.
The land for the newly constructed Lake House was once the site of a car dealership and service center. During the initial stages of site work and structural foundation installation, the project team uncovered numerous abandoned hydraulic lift foundations. These buried obstructions required Scott + Reid and the structural engineer to collaborate on a solution for the residual fluid problem, as foundation pier and grade beam locations and sizing had to be modified in the field to mitigate schedule delay and cost escalation.
An additional project challenge addressed in the field was the uncovering of a labyrinth of unmarked and unidentifiable fiber optic infrastructure on the property, far outside of public utility easements. The team worked carefully and diligently to trace, relocate and/or remove the lines as necessary.
Constructed adjacent to the existing koi pond, the team took extra measures to contact the original designer and manufacturer of the installed pumping system to purchase as-built documentation. This effort prevented disturbing the existing system that serves to aerate and maintain this feature. Additional design components of the amenity include TREX engineered decking materials, Western Red Cedar ceilings and soffits, architectural pre-cast concrete monument signage, extensive landscaping, and cast stone screen walls to create a buffer from the busy service road.
The end result is a relaxing retreat for building tenants to host events and meetings, enjoy lunch or an afternoon break, and socialize with coworkers at the end of the day.