Water Garden is truly a “refreshing” transformation of a 1990’s office campus into a 17-acre sustainable creative office experience located in the heart of Silicon Beach. Not only is Water Garden a revitalized complex that attracts top talent and millennials, it also serves as a place to escape the typical office experience and roam into the garden’s fresh air.
In all, over 3,800 cubic yards of concrete were placed resulting in a total of 101,227 square feet of structural slab and architectural topping slab and over 2,680 linear feet of walls and bench seating. Due to the loading restrictions on the podium deck, the site was constructed over a waffle system built on over 100,000 cubic feet of styrofoam with minimal stem walls. The paving design features a rectilinear paving pattern within a curvilinear outline with inlayed LED lights. The field is a natural gray light wash finish. Bands are graphite integral color with a light wash finish. Other paving types included white cement seeded with silver mica, seeded blue glass, and seeded mother of pearl shells.
The completed design includes three new water features to complement four refurbished water features. The water features were constructed with two complete systems of waterproofed slabs. The 11,000 square foot “river” varies from 8 to 40 feet in width. The river bottom is a combination of a custom tooled groove texture and seeded glass fade. River slopes at 1% with a ½” of water running over it.
The team utilized a proprietary Presto Wall Finish to revitalize existing concrete walls and relate them to the new concrete walls. This saved the cost of white cement. Radial planter walls were shotcrete with natural gray cement then Presto finished to give the appearance of being poured with integral white cement. Bench seats were poured in place with natural gray cement and also Presto finished with a white mix.