Howard Hughes Building Big in The Woodlands

Hoar Construction tops out One Lake’s Edge, marking construction completion of the building structure. One Lake's Edge is an upscale apartment building in the new Hughes Landing development at The Woodlands, Texas.

Howard Hughes Building Big in The Woodlands
Houston, TX, September 18, 2014 --( Construction continues at break-neck pace at Hughes Landing; July marked the topping out on One Lake’s Edge, being built by Hoar Construction. The 8-story mid-rise upscale apartment building sits within the 66-acre Hughes Landing development in The Woodlands, TX by The Howard Hughes Corporation.

One Lake’s Edge has a prime location on Lake Woodlands and will offer 390 residential units with retail space on the first floor. The residential units are situated around an 8-story parking structure with over 700 parking spaces. The building super-structure is post-tensioned, cast-in-place concrete with metal stud walls. In addition to close proximity to retail, restaurants, Whole Foods and office space, amenities within One Lake’s edge will include a fitness center, bike storage, and a landscaped exterior plaza deck. The outdoor deck includes a swimming pool with an adjacent outdoor kitchen and covered cabana. Ziegler Cooper Architects is the architect for the project.

Construction on One Lake’s Edge began in October of 2013, and is expected to be complete in April 2015. The project topped out on schedule and with no changes to the guaranteed maximum price (GMP).

Hoar Construction’s Project Executive, Jeff Light, said the team is using a variety of technology and other measures to accelerate the schedule. The construction team is focused on efficient production and timely, effective communication of information. One resource Hoar is using is a visual approach to project planning using a combination of 3-D schedule animations, annotated and color coded 2-D drawings, and drone-created imagery. With the expanse of the building, spanning 500 feet long by 300 feet wide, a drone regularly snaps images showing actual construction in real time to help communicate progress as compared to planned production. Having a graphic schedule is proving to enhance team communication.

“Real-time images are really helping us communicate with the whole team more effectively at One Lake’s Edge,” Light said. “Pictures don’t lie whereas typical scheduling techniques can give a false sense of security. Maintaining good production requires daily assessment of progress, and having photos definitely helps identify problems and communicate adjustments.” Light further said the images are critical in communicating complex field situations to obtain client approvals. “This graphic scheduling method makes is easier to communicate expectations to the Owner and enhances their ability to coordinate within the development,” Light added.

About Hoar Construction:
Hoar Construction, established in 1940, provides construction management, general contracting, preconstruction and design/build services. With annually construction volume of approximately $500 million, Hoar provides services to retail, healthcare, educational, commercial, hospitality and industrial clients. Hoar employs over 500 people in seven offices across the southeast and Texas. Representative projects include the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, Birmingham, AL; Community Maritime Park, Pensacola, FL; 200 Renaissance Tower, Ridgeland, MS; Lakeway Regional Medical Center, Lakeway, TX; and City Centre Three and Four, Houston, TX. Visit more information.
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