Modern Home Builder - Winter 2016 - Volume 2 - 128
In Miami, LYND built a development (below) called the Nine at Mary Brickell
Village, which sits above 200,000 square feet of retail.
swimming pool - currently the highest pool in Texas - and a rooftop fitness center, outdoor terraces and grilling areas, a catering
kitchen, a dog run and wash, a videoconferencing room and multiple vehicle charging stations.
Unit amenities are similarly high-end, with granite and quartz
countertops, gas ranges, front-loading washers and dryers, solar
window shades and custom cabinetry.
This level of luxury was not achieved without significant challenges. The site had significant entitlement and flood plain challenges
that necessitated the parking garage being built out of the flood
plain and required the relocation of a heritage pecan tree on the
site to allow room for the building.
In the quest to create a unique living environment, one design
challenge of the project is a signature feature that makes the Bowie
truly unique - locating the swimming pool on the rooftop. "From a
developer standpoint, putting water over occupied space is nervewracking," Zunker points out. "From a cost perspective and a design perspective, it is very expensive and very complex to add that
much weight to the roof of your building, which reverberates all
the way through your structural system. It required an innovative
structural engineer willing to grind to get us to an efficient design
and column layout."
All the hard work has paid off for the project in rents that are
significantly higher per square foot than the local average. "We felt
like we were designing a unique building top to bottom, but the
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