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Green Water Tower is a thirty-eight-story three-tiered mixed-use tower in downtown Austin, Texas at the former site of the Thomas C. Green Water Treatment Plant. The mixed-use building designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz is bounded on the south by the Colorado River and has approximately 440 apartments and over 40,000 square feet of office and retail space.
Building Science Corporation worked with the design team through the Design Development and Contract Document stages to mitigate the risk of moisture related failures in the building enclosure and meet the project’s energy goals. BSC remained on board through construction to observe mock-ups of first installations and respond to field conditions not anticipated during the design phase. Particular challenges included detailing for continuity of the water control layer in a multi-tiered and well-articulated facade. BSC provided both two- and three-dimensional details (with window sequencing recommendations for example) during the design phase and also with RFI recommendations during the construction phase.