Ft. Myers, Florida
in Eleven-Story Buildings Speed Construction
in 2002 and 2003, Waterside buildings IV and V are located in the
upscale Waterside condominiums development at the Bay Beach area
of Ft. Myers, Florida. A total of eight buildings are planned in
the development by Giles Development, LLC and designed by R.J. McCormack
Architect, Inc. The luxury condominiums are 2- and 3-bedroom 2,100
to 2,600 square foot units. The ceiling heights are 9 and 11 feet.
The total area for each building is 112,000 square feet.
two buildings utilize insulated concrete form (ICF) infill walls
with stucco finish. Waterside IV and Waterside V buildings are among
the few tall buildings that utilize the ICF walls built in North
America. Each building is eleven stories with the first story used
as parking garage. The structural floor system is six inches post-tensioned
flat plate with reinforced concrete shearwalls as lateral force
The first two buildings in the development were completed with
concrete block infill walls. Developer Robert Claussen, President
of Giles Development LLC and general contractor Robert Ambrose,
Vice President of Ostego Bay Construction, evaluated the use of
ICF as another cost effective wall system. After looking at several
ICFs, Ambrose ended up choosing Reward's iForm because he was looking
for a form with no interruptions to impede the flow of concrete
in the infill walls. An estimated saving of more than 30 days on
the overall construction time was achieved on each building because
of the speed of the ICF wall construction.
reason the overall construction time is reduced, is that other subcontractors
were able work right after installing the ICF walls. Since the furring
and insulation are completed right along with the steel-reinforced
concrete walls, and because there is less waste and a cleaner site,
very little time is wasted on cleanup after the wall construction
In addition to the speed of construction, the water proofing aspects
for the ICF infill walls were beneficial for this site because of
high humidity of the area.
Builder: Ostego Bay Construction, Inc.
Architects: R.J. McCormack Architect,
Structural Engineers: Jenkins Charland
ICF Subcontractor: Icon, Inc., Southeast
ICF Supplier: Reward Wall Systems