2007 Project of the Year: High-Rise Project

Project: Harbor's Edge
Owner: Greystone Development
Architect: Cochran, Stephenson Donkervoet, Inc.
General Contractor: The Weitz Group
Masonry Contractor: Snow Jr. & King, Inc.
Masonry Suppliers: Spec Mix; Tidewater Block; Batchelder & Collins, Inc.; Architectural Products, Inc.

The project is a 17-story structure with a four-story on-site health care facility. The structure contains 160 units for retirement living. Harbor's Edge is located a Port Norfolk on the banks of the Elizabeth River, less than a mile from the ever expanding Norfolk, Virginia downtown.

The exterior of the building consists of a tumbled General Shale Buckingham Tudor Engineer size brick. The owner wanted the building to fit in with the trendy Greenwich village style Ghent section of Norfolk located directly across the street.

To accomplish the look of architectural precast at the main entrance to the facility and throughout its 17 floors, Jaramite was employed. Jaramite is a high strength extruded polymer resin coated with chemical resistant concrete. Its advantages are its cost and weight. Architectural precast concrete can weigh several thousand pounds and require handling through use of a crane. Jaramite is extremely light weight and can be hoisted into place with a forklift and installed by hand.

To complete the veneer of this 17-story high-rise structure, Hydromobile's M-2 hydraulic scaffold system was used. This not only facilitated construction of the masonry veneer, it also provided easy access to the drywall, window, painting and caulking contractors. These trades took advantage of the M-2's ability to go up and down as needed.

Photos: Dave Chance Photography.