Intertech Helping to Rebuild Port Aransas
A little more than two years ago – August 2017 – Hurricane Harvey came ashore over Port Aransas, Texas, with devastating impact. Few homes or businesses survived intact, including two that Intertech has since been a part of bringing back to life.
The Cline’s Landing condominiums overlooking the harbor, marina and ship channel took a hard hit from the category 4 hurricane. So much so that the building shell that remained was dubbed the “see-through hotel.”
In November 2018, Intertech Flooring joined the rebuild team led by White Construction Company and STG Design to reconstruct the iconic two-building, eight-story structure. White Construction estimates that some 95 percent of the 108 condo units’ interiors had to be removed, totaling about 250,000 square feet.
“The sub-structure stayed, and everything but the exterior walls was gutted,” says Billy Chrzan, Intertech’s project manager on the job.
Intertech began installing new flooring in August, using Shaw carpet and LVT, and Basic VCT and base. “We thought the biggest challenge going into it would be the location three hours from our nearest offices,” says Chrzan. “But helping to rebuild Port Aransas is a popular job, and our Austin and San Antonio installers are proud to be a part of this.”
The new Cline’s Landing is slated to open in spring 2020.
UT Marine Science Institute
The University of Texas is a longstanding Intertech Flooring client. So when the UT Marine Science Institute also sustained significant Harvey damage, we were ready to go to work.
“Harvey hit all of our buildings,” said Sally Palmer, UT Marine Science Institute communications coordinator. “We have about 80 buildings on campus give or take, and we replaced about three football fields worth of roof.”
The campus sustained $45 million in damages, including student housing, labs and visitor facilities. The first phase of reconstruction was to get students back in housing and laboratories reopened. The second phase, underway now, is focused on the auxiliary support areas and visitor center. Grants from the US Department of Commerce and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are helping fund the remaining work.
When staff, students and visitors walk through the new buildings, Intertech’s creative floor work will be underfoot. The epoxy floor features custom coloration for the base color highlighted with, of course, the Texas Longhorn emblem.
“We have been honored to work with UT for many years and on many projects across its campuses,” says Terry Bessire, vice president. “This project, in particular, holds a special place for us, not only because of our longtime relationship but also for our love for Port Aransas and the opportunity to play a part in bringing this great region back to its pre-Harvey beauty.”
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