By June 2016, occupants of the Porsche Design Tower on the shoreline of Florida’s Sunny Isles Beach will experience the best view in the city with the best products in the industry surrounding them, and Viega is proud to be one of them.
The luxury home in the sky was the vision of Gil Dezer, president of Dezer Development. One of South Florida’s most accomplished businessmen, as well as one of the largest oceanfront property owners in Sunny Isles Beach, Dezer partnered with the Porsche Design Group on this $560 million project. The 650-foot tower boasts 132 units ranging from 4,200 to 17,000 square feet, but its size is not what makes the tower so special.
The mechanical engineering firm, Steven Feller P.E., PL in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., knows how critical time is on these jobs, and knew that Viega was the right way to go for a building of this caliber. Over the last few years, the firm has seen the number of contractors requesting the use of Viega products increased tremendously.
“We saw how well Viega press technology was accepted, even overseas,” Mike Torrey, plumbing department head at Feller said. “All our contractors started submitting it for use, and now it’s come a long way. It’s something the contractors want us to use. It’s affordable, and we like that we can put something in the spec that they want to use and will be happy with.”
Not only does the tower hold Viega’s ProPress® in ½" to 4" copper for the domestic and potable water, Viega MegaPress® in ½" to 2" for chilled water and Viega MegaPressG in ½" to 2" for gas, it has three elevators that will take owners and their car right into their home. The patented elevator, the Dezervator™, can also operate with zero human input, taking you from the entry floor to a private garage. Equipped with an RFID chip, the car goes into the same space every time.
Olympia Plumbing Corporation, who worked closely with the general contractor for the tower, Coastal Construction, is one of the largest commercial plumbing companies in South Florida. Olympia has worked on many high rise buildings, but the Porsche tower is one of its more notable projects. They have used Viega ProPress and Viega MegaPress on a variety of projects across the state and stand by the product.
“The Viega ProPress was excellent,” Cesar Gamero, superintendent at Olympia said. “We’ve been working well with it and there are no leaks. I pressurized it at 200 pounds and we haven’t had any problems with it. You don’t have to come back to it. It’s a good product.”
Another contractor involved in the project, Jorda Mechanical, visited the Porsche Design Tower while a Viega sales representative was providing training on Viega MegaPress with hands-on demonstrations. Jorda Mechanical is installing Viega MegaPress in ½" to 2" for the heating and air conditioning.
“I’ve used Viega ProPress before,” Jose Castelloa, of Jorda Mechanical said. “I think it’s great. It will speed up the work for us.”
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