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The Pearl

Tampa, FL
Place Architecture
Metromont Project Details

Project Overview

This new multi-family apartment complex is located within a 43-acre urban, mixed-use redevelopment project just north of downtown Tampa, Florida.

As the first new structure in this redevelopment project, the apartment building, with 314 dwelling units and 28,000 SF of retail space, established the architectural character for the new district. Located on a four-acre site, three new apartment buildings are organized around a five-level 500-space precast parking structure and central courtyard. Precast concrete wall panels and floor decks were central to the design concept from the beginning. The goal was to create a contemporary-style building that highlighted the area’s history as an industrial district. The client also demanded buildings that would be long-lasting and low maintenance.

At seven stories tall and more than 500 feet in length, one of the key design challenges was to break down the scale of the building to reflect the character of the nearby early 20th century commercial street. Precast finishes, such as tinted concrete, textured patterns, and thin brick, were used on the exterior wall panels toward this end. On the interior, the clients requested an urban, loft-style character. In response, insulated precast concrete wall panels were utilized so the interior of the walls panels could be left exposed in both common areas and dwelling units. Additionally, exposed precast concrete slabs in common areas and exposed precast concrete ceiling in apartments met the clients’ desired look.

Finally, the clients wanted to reduce construction time in order to minimize financial carrying costs. Using Metromont’s wall and deck system reduced the construction time in comparison to alternative construction systems by approximately three months.

Project Details

Load-bearing precast concrete wall panels with continuous insulation
MetroDeck floor & roof system
Precast concrete balconies
Precast concrete stair and stair towers
Integral architectural finishes on interior and exterior of wall panels

Architectural Details & Finishes

Six architectural finish combinations on exterior
Cast-in thin brick
Various architectural mixes with sandblast finish
Interior concrete wythe left exposed

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"Thank you for your professionalism and expertise on the Cornell University North Campus Residential Expansion. Your contributions were critical to our success."
Ben Robertson
"Metromont was an excellent partner and worked seamlessly, closely to collaborate almost as an extension of our design team. It’s incredible how quickly it all came together.”
Scott Johnston
AIA Johnston Design Group
"The precast concrete design was able to meet the stringent performance requirements of the structure while providing an aesthetically pleasing, sustainable final product at an affordable price point."
Ben Townes
Townes + Architects
"Metromont’s team embraced our idea and got their whole team on board. It’s one thing for sales managers to want to make architects happy, but to have the plant manager, the finishing crew foreman and engineers fully engaged is something else. Metromont was extremely cooperative – the project was a win-win for everyone.”
K.J. Jacobs, AIA
McMillan Pazdan Smith

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