Background: A high-rise condominium development in North Texas is well underway with planning, zoning and architectural review. The 14 story, 48-unit tower will offer 24-hour concierge, valet parking, resort-style swimming pool, expansive balconies and fantastic views.
Challenge: The city where the high-rise condominium is being developed adopted the international fire code and is now requiring that the tower include two freight elevators, as opposed to the one freight elevator in the original plans. This would not only drastically increase the cost and scope of the project, but would also take away valuable living space from the units.
Action and Outcome: Consulting with the developer, our team worked diligently to assemble site plans of preexisting high-rise condominiums to show number of elevators, elevator placement, building size (floors and number of units) and building location. Upon proposing our analysis to the city and requesting a variance for the developing tower, the city agreed to grant the variance. This saved our clients a great deal of time and money in the development process.