Case Study: Beachtown

PROJECT NAME: Beachtown Galveston East

LOCATION: Galveston, Texas

COMPLETION DATE: February 2000

OWNER: Tofigh Shirazi

BUILDER: Beachtown Galveston, Homelife Builders, Gulf Coast Homes, Inc.

ENGINEER: Aran & Franklin Engineering

Beachtown Galveston is a seaside development that has created in a timeless architectural style and invested in the longevity of the structures within the community by utilizing the Fortified for Safer Living standards created by the Institute for Business and Home Safety. FORTIFIED™ is a set of engineering and building standards to design and construct homes to a higher standard than most building codes. The FORTIFIED Home™ program offers a package of “code-plus” upgrades that greatly increase a new home’s resistance to natural perils, including hurricane, tornado, wildfire, flood, freezing weather, hail and earthquake, as well as to fire and interior water damage. Because the beach is growing at a rate of about 3 feet per year, this makes East Beach a unique and desirable part of Galveston Island. Homes in Beachtown are designed to 150 mph and are elevated at least 3 feet above required flood elevations. This means that all parts of the structure are designed to resist higher wind and water loads. With lots only 20 feet wide, it takes two lots to get a 30 feet wide home, which creates breathtaking views from all angles.

Many of the homes have concrete columns and concrete for the first level floor with steel custom structural frames between the expansive windows and doors. The windows and doors are the most difficult part to find compliant products because the product selections are so limited for pressures that high. Many of the products in Beachtown design are the same used in Miami-Dade, Florida, which has the highest wind designs in the country. Exclusively found in Beachtown, FORTIFIED™ requirements strengthen a home’s outer envelope – notably roof and wall systems, doors, glazed openings and foundation. All this amazing structure is located just behind the beautifully designed walls of some of the country’s top architects. Aran & Franklin Engineering is proud to be the exclusive engineering firm in Texas to provide specifications, design and inspections for the Fortified…for safer living® program.

MAIN OFFICE, TEXAS CITY
501 S. Noble Road
Texas City, TX 77591
P: 409-935-5200
F: 409-935-5209

ROCKPORT RECOVERY OFFICE
621 S. Fulton Beach Rd., Ste. 160
Rockport, TX 78382
P: 409-935-5200 / 855-WIND-ENG

GOLDEN TRIANGLE OFFICE
7415 Eastex Plaza, Ste. #3
Beaumont, TX 77708
P: 409-239-5936

LEE COUNTY OFFICE
2930 Del Prado Blvd., Ste. D
Cape Coral, FL 33904
P: 239-268-1001

A+F DESIGNS
501 S. Noble Road
Texas City, TX 77591
P: 409-935-5200
F: 409-935-5209

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