GID Development has started construction of The Sovereign apartment tower project in the US, designed by Zeigler Cooper Architects.
The Sovereign is the first building of the 24-acre Regent Square master plan, a 4.2 million ft² mixed-use project.
The 21-storey apartment tower, to be built in West Dallas, will feature 290 units and will offer views of the Houston skyline, Buffalo Bayou, Memorial Park, River Oaks, and the Galleria.
GID Development president James Linsley said, "The Sovereign represents the initial phase of Regent Square, a master plan that is now under construction and becoming a reality, ultimately resulting in a new, pedestrian-friendly urban district with a vibrant mix of residential, retail, restaurant, entertainment, and office uses, as well as world class public spaces."
Residential amenities of the building will include over 48,000ft² of indoor and outdoor features to create a resort-like atmosphere.
There will be a shop on the ground floor of the building, while the eighth floor will feature a Sovereign Club, which will include over 42,000ft² of indoor and outdoor amenity features with sweeping views.
Indoor amenities include a fitness room, a yoga studio, a private training space, a massage room, a library, a cyber lounge, a club room, a business centre, a demonstration kitchen, a catering kitchen, private dining rooms, a screening room, a game lounge, and a bar.
Outdoor amenities include a 75-foot resort style pool lined with palm trees, a sun lounge area, a spa, private cabanas, fire pit areas, a barbecue pavilion with a fireplace, a lawn, resident herb and vegetable gardens, a Zen garden and a fitness area.
The Sovereign, which is slated for occupancy in March 2014, will also have a 4,200ft² private park and a pet spa with washing, drying and grooming areas.
Construction firm JE Dunn, which is serving as general contractor for the project, had received a permit from the city of Houston earlier in 2012 to construct the building, which is expected to achieve LEED Silver Rating.
The project was estimated as a $850m development in early 2009 when the Houston City Council voted to assist the project with up to $10m in reimbursements for public improvements.
Image: The Sovereign apartment tower will include 290 units and indoor as well as outdoor features. Photo: PRNewsFoto/GID Development Group.