A fully integrated construction process whereby we made every attempt to balance the imagination and creativity of the design process with solid business practices which are so often lacking in residential construction. Our unique blend of architectural and construction management expertise enabled us to streamline the construction process for maximum accountability and exceed our client's high expectations.
The cast-in-place shell was formed using SCC (self consolidating concrete) and extreme care in the formwork fabrication. The process is tedious and extremely demanding- once the pump trucks show up, there are no second chances. Although fine conventional concrete work has been achieved throughout the world, as far as we could tell, SCC had not been used for ultra high quality finish work. Thus, numerous mock-ups were made in order to test our theories and refine our technique. The steel superstructure was craned in over the walls and assembled. The interior work was conventionally installed but utilized unique custom fabricators for the kitchen cabinetry faces, the railings, the light fixtures and the cabinetry.
Other challenges included a "slinky loop" geo-thermal hydronic heating and cooling system, a snow-melt system, the elimination of an applied trim system, moveable (electric) cabinetry, extensive interior glazing which was detailed to accommodate movement, flush (mudded-in) lighting and control systems, a pre-cast floor system and a general level of precision that can only be described as "Swiss".