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Residential | ALLEN HARRISON CO. - CITADEL APARTMENTS/SOUTH MAIN PROJECT

Still on Track

ALLEN HARRISON'S HOUSTON WORK AVOIDED THE DAMAGE OF HURRICANE HARVEY. BY ALAN DORICH

Main will stand 11
┬╗South
stories when finished, with
186 residential units.

S

ome might recoil at the challenge
of building a project in a floodplain,
but Allen Harrison Co. did not
hesitate. "Our niche has become
building on sites that others have passed up
on," Managing Director Joshua Wood says.
Allen Harrison accepted that challenge to
develop two projects in the city of Houston.
One is the Citadel Apartments building,
which will feature five stories with 293
living units that wrap around a six-story
parking garage.
The company also is building South
Main, an 11-story apartment building.
Seven floors will feature 186 residential
units, and the remaining four will house a
cast-in-place garage.

Well Prepared
Allen Harrison aims to finish both buildings
by summer 2019, but it saw challenges

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when Hurricane Harvey blew through
Houston last year. Fortunately, Wood explains, the project sites were well prepared
for the disaster.
During the design process, "We worked
hand-in-hand with our engineers to understand what the water would [do in] a major
flooding event," he recalls, noting that this
allowed the company to prevent damage to
both project sites.
Wood says that some water came onto
the South Main site, but it experienced no
damage. "We wouldn't even have suffered
much damage if the building had been
erected," he says.
Citadel's design included a large detention vault in anticipation of flooding, and
it was filled with water after the hurricane
had passed through.
The vault, which has a capacity of 17,620
cubic yards, had to be drained in order to

Allen Harrison Co. - Citadel
Apartments/Sou Main Project
www.allenharrisonco.com
* Project budgets: Approximately $84
million (combined)
* Location: Houston
* Scope: Two apartment buildings

"Our niche has become building
on ites at o ers have passed
up on."
- Joshua Wood, managing director

proceed with the foundation work. "After
the vault was drained, we realized that the
water table had been elevated an additional 12 inches than originally anticipated,"
he recalls.
Allen Harrison had implemented a
dewatering system to lower the water table


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