Recently, Tournesol Siteworks had the opportunity to be part of an outstanding rooftop project at The Sawyer in downtown Sacramento, CA. This multi-use building comprises offices, stores, luxury urban apartments, and the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel. The rooftop on the 3rd floor has a stunning view overlooking Golden 1 Center, where the Sacramento Kings play.
When landscape architects from Rios Clementi Hale Studios approached the design, they wanted to transform the rooftop into a comfortable lounge area with a pool for residents and tenants to enjoy. The first choice was cast-in-place concrete walls filled with greenery, shrubs, and flowers, as well as concrete planters with trees in the center. Rios Clementi’s design goal was to attach two different cantilevered benches (one shown in the image above), and two different cantilevered bar counters, to the concrete wave walls, as well as make lounge seats atop the planters.
Rios Clementi specified our products, yet Swinerton Builders Self-Promotion Division installed the project. In turn, Swinerton reached out to engineers from Tournesol Siteworks to bring this custom site furnishing design to life. Our engineers needed dimensions of the concrete walls so they collaborated with a site scanning firm that used a laser to scan the area. The laser captured the exact dimensions of the lounge planters (shown in the image above) and the curved walls. From there, Tournesol engineered a structural system that would achieve the aesthetics the designer desired, be structurally sound, and easy to install.
The custom site furnishings of wood benches, bar counters, and lounge planters were manufactured from Boulevard Thermally-Modified Wood. The wood goes through a process that changes the chemical make-up and cell structure of the wood. The process creates lumber with exceptional resistance to rot, pest, and decay. Technically, it shares a 25-year preserved-wood-like durability level similar to South American hardwoods but is ecologically friendly. The thermal-modification process also prevents moisture absorption and makes Boulevard wood resistant to warp, twist, and other movements. The hardware and structural mounting units for the benches and bar counters were made of heavy-duty stainless steel.
Beneath the wood tiles, Swinerton installed our VersiJack adjustable support pedestals to allow for rapid drainage, easy accessibility to the waterproofing membrane, and concealed services below. Along the outer edge of the rooftop, Rios Clementi specified our Wilshire rectangular planters that were manufactured in lightweight FRP fiberglass in multiple sizes. Inside the planters, Swinerton installed our Drainage System to pump water out of the planters when necessary, rather than providing planter drain holes. The planters surround the outer perimeter of the deck, as well as act as dividers configuring separate spaces using living plants (shown in the image below).
This stunning roof deck is a great example of collaboration, teamwork, design, and function. This project was completed in a very short amount of time which made the designers, specifiers, owners, and tenants very happy. We were thrilled to be part of this outstanding installation and to provide the correct solutions from our product offerings.
*Note: As of July 2021, Tournesol no longer sells pedestals, and no longer sells Boulevard Wood Decking or Lumber, unless it's a custom order.