April 11, 2013
March 2013 Student Housing Construction Update
Removing the Veil
During March, the exterior skin began to appear in final form in places, as plasterers applied lath, scratch coat, brown coat and finish coats of stucco in layers around the building. Sheeting and scaffolding began to be removed, while window installers continued their work, air conditioning units appeared on the rooftop and a model unit moved toward completion.
March 1, 2013: Exterior finishes underway in a counterclockwise progression around the building, as roof platforms are prepared for air-conditioning units.
March 6, 2013: The west courtyard facade is revealed as workers caulk and waterproof windows.
March 6, 2013: Brown coat stucco progresses on south courtyard facade.
March 6, 2013: Window framing appears in the Pearl student lounge.
March 6, 2013: Chief Operating Officer Janice Manis, Matt Construction Project Manager Charlie Mallers and architect Tony Stark inspect one of the curved walls in a corner 2-bedroom unit.
March 13, 2013: The outlines of the center landscape area begin to appear as the finish coat of stucco progresses along the south facade.
March 13, 2013: Matt Construction Project Manager Bowdy Broeker, architect Tony Stark and consultant John Mavar examine the interior wall finish in a unit.
March 13, 2013: Interior wall and ceiling finishes are being applied throughout the project.
March 13, 2013: Chief Operating Officer Janice Manis admires the built-in shelves and drawers in a closet of the model unit.
March 13, 2013: While architect Tony Stark shows off the closet for hanging clothes.
March 13, 2013: Waterproofing is applied on the podium where grass, a large Jacaranda tree and benches will be installed.
March 13, 2013: Workers complete lath around the housing intersection with the Pearl lounge area.
March 22, 2013: Carpenters begin framing of the benches that will surround the landscape courtyard or "grassy knoll."
March 22, 2013: Looking east with the Pearl to the left.
March 22, 2013: Kitchen cabinetry is installed in the model unit.
March 22, 2013: Preparations begin for construction of the barbeque area along this wall.
March 22, 2013: Ground floor unit living room with floor to ceiling glass and interior wall finishes.
March 22, 2013: Exterior west facade nears completion.
March 22, 2013: Distinctive corner windows add light and architectural interest.
March 26, 2013: The Pearl, with glass now installed, begins to take shape beneath the scaffolding.
March 26, 2013: Et Voila! The west courtyard facade is unveiled.
March 26, 2013: The sundeck below and partially covering shade pergola progress.
March 26, 2013: Air-conditioning units have been installed on the roof.
March 26, 2013: Third floor study rooms receive insulation.
March 26, 2013: A corridor with walls and ceilings substantially complete.
March 26, 2013: Looking up. Developer consultant John Mavar examines the completed west courtyard facade and beginnings of the courtyard landscape area.
March 26, 2013: Model unit door bell is installed before finish coat of stucco is applied.
March 26, 2013: Finish coat of stucco appears behind scaffolding on the radius curve.
March 31, 2013: A month of progress is shown on exterior finishes and roof assemblies.