An alleged watertight Houston Starbucks survived Harvey with barely a drip, and we aren’t talking about coffee

Rare | 1/12/2018 | John Bogna
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The designers of a Starbucks in Houston just off Brays Bayou, right in the floodplain, said they chose a watertight design instead of lifting it out of the floodplain – a gamble not many Houstonians say they would take.

Completed in 2016, however, it stood up to Harvey admirably.

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An article in Texas Architect Magazine looks at how the coffee house survived the flood:

Officials at Bellaire-based architecture firm Boucher Design Group said they first considered plans to lift the building out of the floodplain, using things like stilts, as other buildings and homes located within a floodplain often do to avoid the wet threat.

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They said they ultimately rejected the plans as too expensive and too awkward for customers in the end.

Of course, mindful of its proximity to the Bayou, they knew something had to be done:

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“We’ve had three years in a row where we’ve had 500-year flood events: Memorial Day flood 2015, Tax Day 2016, and Hurricane Harvey 2017,” Garrett DeLano, an architect with Boucher Design Group, said in an interview. “I...
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