International Center Phase VII
Award of Merit

Owner: Harwood International
Lead Design Firm: Harwood Design Factory and Kengo Kuma Associates, a Joint Venture
General Contractor: Sphinx Construction Group
Civil Engineer: Halff Associates Inc.
Structural Engineer: L.A. Fuess Partners
Landscape Architect: Uchiyama Design Studio
Consultants: Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.; Walker Consultants
Roofing/Waterproofing: Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing

The eight-story building for the Swiss watchmaker Rolex is adjacent to its existing office, built in 1984. It is the first office building in Dallas to be designed by a Japanese architect. Designed as a series of stacked floor plates that appear to twist, the facility encompasses nearly 140,000 sq ft, including 56,000 sq ft for offices, with a four-story underground parking garage.

Central challenges of the $2-million roofing contract involved ensuring watertight connections. For example, the building’s expansive water feature is constructed directly above the data center. A half-inch open space running from inside the fountain underneath the curtain wall had to be sealed, requiring an innovative three-step solution that prevented seepage into the building.

The below-grade sheet waterproofing and above-grade, hot-fluid-applied waterproofing would not adhere well without a cost-effective solution that ensured they would bond.

The project was delivered on time and within budget in April 2018.

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