Houston Country Club
The Houston Country Club in Houston is as famous for its membership as it is for its golf course. It has hosted its share of prestigious tournaments over
the year, and members include former U.S President George
H.W. Bush, Secretary of State James Baker, and other prominent
Texas dignitaries, politicians, and corporate leaders.
As the club’s profile increased, it became obvious that it
needed increased parking facilities to accommodate major
events and tournaments.
In 2011 Houston architect Jackson & Ryan was selected
to design an underground garage to accommodate about 400
vehicles and allow direct access to the clubhouse and social
venues of the Club.
The task was complicated because the garage would
“planted” across one of the golf course fairways, and it would
have to be constructed without causing too much disruption
to the course or the surrounding upscale neighborhoods. The
use of the area above the garage would be converted to the
driving range upon completion. The garage was designed to be
approximately 170,000 sq ft. plus tunnel areas.
Pepper Lawson Construction, L.P. of Houston was selected
as the general contractor for this $10.5 million project. Their
work began in May of 2012 with the excavation of approximately
85,000 cubic yards of soil. Although the removal of this huge
quantity of soil is a task in itself, finding a place to put this
much material could have been a major issue. Fortunately, the
architectural firm, Pepper Lawson, and club ownership arranged
to use the soil in other areas of the golf course for various hole
restoration and reconstruction projects that were also planned.
Essentially the soil was dug up on one side of the course to be
reused to reinforce golf holes near the bayou.
The project was competitively bid with Western
Waterproofing Company of America in Houston being awarded
as the successful waterproofing contractor. Their task was to successfully waterproof the top, bottom and all sides of this
Price Consulting, Inc. of Houston was selected to provide the waterproofing specifications and details, and to support
the general contractor and
waterproofing contractor with
regular inspection services
throughout the construction
phase of the project.
The project used Polyguard’s Underslab
Membrane beneath the entire
slab area, and the self-adhering
Polyguard 650 Membrane for
the vertical walls and the lid
of the garage. In addition,
Polyguard provided the
horizontal protection course
and the drainage composite for the entire structure with Poly
Flow 15P and 18H drainage products to convey the water
away from the structure. Perhaps the key feature that caused
Polyguard to be the system of choice was their pre-formed
column boots that drastically reduced the detailing labor
around the 200-plus interior columns of the garage. These
boots also allowed the movement capability that was desirable
by the architect and consultant around the columns if there was
any vertical slab movement.
Polyguard representatives worked closely with Price throughout the pre-bid and construction phase of the project to
ensure proper quality control
and adjustment during
The excavation began in early summer of 2012
and progressed sequentially
across the jobsite. Piles were
drilled and the grade was
leveled in sections. Next,
contractors installed and
compacted the drainage
stone. Finally, Polyguard
Underslab a 73 mil thick,
self-adhering membrane was placed and lapped together. All lap areas were rolled with a
minimum 75 lb. roller. Column areas were waterproofed with
the pre-formed column boots which Western Waterproofing
claimed saved approximately 45 minutes per column of
With the waterproofing in place, workers placed steel reinforcement set on plastic foot chairs.
Concrete for the floor slab was to be poured concurrently with the wall areas, so before the concrete could be placed, edges needed to be detailed.
On the interior face and around each column, edge detailing was accomplished with double-sided detail tape, reinforced with mechanically attached termination bars and Detail Sealant. The exterior wall areas were waterproofed after the concrete was placed with the Polyguard 650 Membrane System and Poly Flow 15 P drainage composite.
The post-tensioned garage lid was the last concrete to be poured and was sloped to allow water runoff around the perimeter. It was waterproofed with Polyguard’s 650 Membrane System and 1/4” Asphaltic Hardboard. In addition, Western Waterproofing installed Poly Flow 18H drainage composite to the perimeter vertical walls.
Integral to the construction of the garage were various tunnels connecting the parking area to the clubhouse and other social venues at the club. These areas were surrounded with Polyguard waterproofing in the same fashion as the garage box with the addition of expansion joint systems from Situra, Inc. that successfully connected the garage to the tunnel and the tunnel to the elevator room for the clubhouse. These expansion joint systems were compatible with the Polyguard Waterproofing Systems used and helped to complete the envelope of protection required. Prior to backfill operations the garage was water tested using the technique of field vector mapping to insure that there was a “hole in none” which is certainly appropriate for a golf course.
Jackson & Ryan Architects
Pepper Lawson Construction
Western Waterproofing of America
Price Consulting Inc.
Houston Country Club incorporates the following Polyguard Products:
650 Sheet Membrane - 60 mil, post-concrete pour waterproofing membrane/vapor retarder
Underseal® Underslab Membrane - 85 mil pre-concrete pour waterproofing membrane/vapor barrier that provides a continuous seal
Polyflow® 15 / 15P - Prefabricated geocomposite vertical use drainboard with a compressive strength of 15,000 psf
Polyflow® 18 - High Compressive Strength Sheet Drainage