Sunday, May 01, 2016

As construction starts on Crystal Lagoon in Rowlett, builder planning others around Texas

The company that’s bringing the huge lagoon water feature to the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard is already working on similar projects around the state.
The 8-acre Crystal Lagoon will be the centerpiece of Rowlett’s planned $1 billion Bayside development on Interstate 30.
The 262-acre project also includes a resort hotel, marina and thousands of residential units.
But it’s that turquoise water feature that’s caused a stir with its beaches, sail boats and fountains.
“This is the first one in Texas,” said Uri Man, CEO of Florida-based Crystal Lagoons, the company that’s building the eye-catching aquatic feature. “We have 13 projects announced so far and 40 more in negotiations
“We have several more deals that are in negotiation in Texas,” Man said. “Several are for large-scale masterplanned communities that developers are going to be announcing over the next 30 to 60 days.”
Crystal Lagoons just announced a project in Las Vegas that’s even bigger than the one in Texas.
Man says the company has so far done 300 lagoons around the world.
“The first one was built 17 years ago in Chile,” he said. “It was planned for a location where the ocean was too dangerous and our founder decided to build a huge lagoon.”
First the company had to come up with the engineering to allow it to maintain acres of clean water year round.
“Antiquated pool filter systems would have never worked on something that size.” Man said. “You would need dump trucks of chlorine.
“We have a pulse injection system that injects small amounts of chemical when they are needed and where they are needed,” he said. “We use less than 1 percent of the chemicals used in a normal pool and 50 times less of the energy.”
He said the planned pool in Rowlett will need 30 times less water annually than a typical golf course.
Man said architects’ renderings and videos of the proposed Rowlett lagoon don’t do it justice. “It looks much more impressive in person,” he said. “We enable real estate developers to create unlimited size, crystal clear lagoons.”
Construction began Tuesday on the infrastructure for the Bayside project. It is being built on land that was formerly a City of Dallas owned park.

By Steve Brown of the Dallas Morning News