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  1221 Broadway Lofts1221 Broadway Lofts


114 E. Cevallos Street, San Antonio, TX 78204

General Description

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date Bid: Aug 2008 Construction Period: Apr 2010 to Nov 2012
Total Square Feet: 205,137 Site: 4.5 acres
Number of Buildings: 22; 268 total units.
Building Sizes: Unit gross total, 201,564; additional services (party room, gym, storage), 3,573; total, 205,137 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 10’; second floor, 11’ 4”; third floor, 12’2”; fourth floor, 13’4”; total, 55’. Basic Construction Type: Adaptive re-use.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU infill, existing poured-in-place concrete.
Roof: Membrane, existing concrete. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, existing cast-in-place concrete.

Project Team

Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: TLC Engineering for Architecture - 255 S. Orange Avenue, #1600, Orlando, FL 32801
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Jack Jennings & Sons - 1030 Wilfred Drive, Orlando, FL 32803
Civil Engineer: VHB - 225 E. Robinson Street, #300, Orlando, FL 32801
Landscape Architect: AECOM - 320 E. South Street, Orlando, FL 32801

Located 1.5 miles from downtown and the first new project in San Antonio's new River North District; this adaptive reuse project transformed the concrete superstructure of an abandoned housing project.

Occupying two city blocks, the four-story project includes 308-loft apartments and 15,000 square feet retail/office space organized around five courtyards. 1221 Broadway was designed as an urban compound for living. All circulation is outdoors on single loaded cantilevered walkways linked by bridges over Avenue B and alleys to the five-story parking garage. The connection to the five courtyards and to the outdoors creates both a unique oasis and urban street presence.

Forty different unit types ranging from a 450 square foot studio to a 850 square foot one bedroom and a 1,150 square foot two bedroom lofts are available. The average unit size is 700 square feet. The project was 100% leased within 1.5 months of completion.

The re-use of 21 relatively inflexible buildings constructed of poured-in-place concrete structure, walls, floor and ceiling posed a re-design challenge; the decision to retain the structure and aerated autoclaved concrete unit kept tons of demolished material from the landfill and construction resources were reused. The combination of the thermal lag due to the concrete mass, well sealed and insulated envelope and high performing windows all contribute to the energy efficiency and thermal comfort enjoyed by the tenants.

Full height living screens, as they mature, will provide some privacy and protect the apartment unit entries from low sun angles. New and existing trees occupy the 5 courtyards and provide shaded places for tenants to gather. Openings between buildings allow breezes to flow thru the courtyards. Three rainwater harvesting tanks store 38,000 gallons of water for landscape irrigation and fountains. Phase two of the project includes office/retail lease space on the ground level.

Product Information
Metal Panels: Berridge Manufacturing
: Magna Wall, Sherwin Williams, USG
Roofing: MBCI, Carlisle Sure-Weld TPO
Windows: Fyre-Tec, IWC-Ambassador/Milgard
Elevators: Vertical Express, Thyssen Krupp

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