NORA, a six-story luxury apartment building located in the heart of downtown Orlando’s North Quarter, offers residents an array of amenities ranging from a large resort-style pool in the interior courtyard surrounded by lush landscaping to a ground-floor health club adjacent to 10,000 square feet of restaurants and retail. The complex contains 246 one- and two-bedroom apartment homes equipped with modern features such as quartz countertops, walk-in glass showers, high ceilings, and large balconies and patios. The concrete masonry structure also includes a 399-space, precast parking garage and eco-friendly features housed beneath a rooftop photovoltaic solar-array energy generator. The project was built in accordance with LEED standards.
NORA’s interior courtyard is highlighted by a luxurious pool surrounded by tall palm trees and relaxing lounge space. When PCL received the original project drawings, no design details were defined for the pool. Understanding the owner’s desire for a high-end, resort-style pool, PCL called for a working session with the architect, owner, and pool designer. Through this session, the team was able to develop a sophisticated design that included a unique, four-sided infinity water feature.
While the newly developed pool design satisfied the owner’s vision, the City of Orlando permitting department required that a fence be built around the pool to meet local building codes. Knowing that perimeter fencing would compromise the owner’s desire for an aesthetically pleasing, accessible pool, PCL worked with the permitting department to find a work-around solution. PCL proposed raising the height of guard rails around the ground floor apartment patios to 48 inches. In addition, autolocks were added to doors opening to the courtyard. These solutions satisfied the permitting department’s safety requirements and allowed for the construction of a high-end pool that achieved the owner’s vision.