2017 DCC Award Winner
The Water Garden, Shaw & Sons
First Place: Cast-in-place – Special Finishes / Over 5000 SF
The Water Garden is a modernization project for a complex built in the 1980’s. With sustainability in mind, the goal was to decrease water usage by half and create outdoor recreation and gathering spaces for the tenants. Shaw & Sons poured over 3,800 yards of concrete and 2,680 lineal feet of walls.
The completed design includes three water features including a 11,000 SF river with a bottom that’s a combination of custom tooled groove texture and seeded glass fade. Paving design features a rectilinear patter with inlaid LED lights. The field is a natural gray light wash finish while bands are graphite integral color with a light wash finish. Other paving included white cement seeded with silver mica, seeded blue glass, and seeded mother of pearl shells. The contractor used a proprietary Presto Wall finish to tie in existing walls to the new walls and save the cost of white cement. Planter walls and bench seats were poured in place with natural gray cement and also Presto finished with a white mix. The judges were impressed with the design implementing basic colors and finishes mixed with elegant applications to create a fantastic outcome.