SUNCOAST PARTNERS IN ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY – MARKET SQUARE TOWER – THE “SKY POOL”
Suncoast was selected to provide post-tensioning, including the encapsulated anchorage system, and Suncoast Stud Reinforcement Systems to the construction of the Market Square Tower. The unique, state-of-the-art infinity pool, also known as the Sky Pool, is on the 42nd floor and extends 10 feet over the side of the building. Tenants and guests seemingly “walk on air” above the busy street 500 feet below.
Application: High Rise Post-Tensioning
Location: Houston, Texas
Services: Engineering Services, Detailing, Logistics
Products: Post-Tension, Encapsulated Anchorage System, Suncoast Stud Reinforcement System® (SRS®)
Post-Tension Quantity: 575,900 lbs PT; 5,680 SRS
The Market Square Tower was reinforced with Suncoast’s proprietary SRS package and post-tensioning tendons, the 40-story, 463-unit residential community. Located in the middle of downtown Houston, Texas, the Market Square Tower posed a logistical challenge. Delivery and storage issues had to be considered and a strategic plan was implemented to ensure efficient and safe construction.
All of the post-tensioning materials were produced in a highly rated, PTI-certified fabrication plant. The Suncoast Stud Reinforcement System stud shear reinforcement assemblies were color-coded, bundled and tagged by level, and shipped with the corresponding post-tensioning, creating a cost-efficient installation process. A Suncoast dedicated project coordinator was available to facilitate any questions or issues arising in the field
Unbonded PT System Benefits:
- Efficient and cost effective reinforcement
- Allows for reduced slab thickness
- Enables lower overall building height
- Improved deflection control
Products and Support That is Second to None
Suncoast approached the project to value-engineer areas to save our partners time and expense while helping to reduce risk. We reviewed and improved upon the contract drawings to minimize interference, while maximizing field labor efficiency, optimizing designs for safety and effective use of the concrete and materials. For the Market Square Tower, Suncoast provided 575,900 lbs of encapsulated PT materials and 5,680 pieces of SRS.