Posts Tagged ‘apartment building’

Guerdon Modular Picks up where Zeta Communities Dropped

May 3rd, 2016 Comments off

Guerdon_modular_buildings_boise_idaho__pic_of_fairfield_inn_sacramentoUpgrading a post from March 28, 2016 regarding the closing of the Zeta Communities modular building plant in McClellan Park in Sacramento, Calif., MHProNews has been informed Guerdon Modular Buildings in Boise, Idaho is picking up some of Zeta’s unfilled contracts.

Guerdon produced the apartments for Eviva midtown apartment building and the hotel rooms for the Fairfield Inn, both in Sacramento, according to modularhomecoach. The beds, drapes, carpeting, bedding and furniture were all installed at the factory for the hotel; for the apartments, Guderdon delivered whole rooms complete with major appliances, toilets, sinks, counters, beds, bathtubs and vanities in place.

The developer constructed a basement with first floor retail and parking for Eviva. Guerdon then built five stories of apartments up above, 118 units, with rents starting at $2,200 a month for a two bedroom apartment. Each rectangular-shaped module contained rooms for two apartments and flooring for the hallways that separated them.

One of the major advantages of modular construction is the modules can be built while the base or foundation is being prepared, saving valuable time and therefore, money. The other side of that coin is all the specific dimensions have to be determined in advance so the pieces will meld together.

Despite the delay from Zeta’s closing and Guerdon picking up the ball, Eviva will still be occupant-ready two months before the site-built construction would have been completed.

Lad Dawson launched Guerdon in 2001, although he spent years prior educating architects and contractors about the modular method.

Our original article concerned Zeta’s partnering with non-profit BRIDGE to build an affordable modular apartment building in San Leandro, the first of its kind in the Bay Area. The status of that project could not be immediately determined by MHProNews. ##

(Photo credit: modularhomecoach-Aviva apartments  being set)

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Modular Builder Zeta Closes Facility

March 28th, 2016 Comments off

modular two story being sited  excel homesAs MHProNews last reported March 10, 2016, Zeta Communities of Sacramento, Calif. was partnering with non-profit BRIDGE to build an affordable modular apartment building in San Leandro, the first of its kind in the Bay Area.

The apartments were set to be available to people who earn half of the median income in the area. So far, 18,000 applications have been received, underscoring the fact that a new home in the Bay Area can cost $700,000 to $800,000.

Now, however, according to bizjournals, green builder Zeta shuttered its factory in McClellan Park in Sacramento Tue., March 22, laying off 122 employees, notifying the state employment office that the closing was permanent. It’s unknown whether the company is still operating, as neither officials from Zeta nor from McClellan Park were allegedly available for comment. The company leases 91,000 square feet at McClellan. ##

(Photo credit: Excel Homes–modular two-story being sited)

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Modular Apartment Building Set within Two Days

February 22nd, 2016 Comments off

Ohio_athens__athensnews_dennis_powell__modular_units_being_sited_in_athensChrist Lutheran Church in Athens, Ohio is behind the building of the three-story modular apartment building next to the church, as athensnews informs MHProNews. The six modules that comprise the three four-bedroom apartments, a product of Unibuilt Modular Homes of Vandalia, Ohio, will be ready for occupancy by May 1. The apartment building was sited within two days.

Merl Almquist, manager of the project, said rental income will go toward debt service, with profit going for benevolent uses. A second modular building, with three three-bedroom apartments, will begin siting in early March. ##

(Photo credit: athensnews/Dennis Powell–modular apartment building in Athens, Ohio.)

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First Modular Housing Development in Downtown Seattle

August 19th, 2013 Comments off

A seven-and-a-half story modular apartment building with 49 apartments in downtown Seattle, Washington will be move-in ready in four months. Real estate developer Daly Partners LLC has begun leasing the 3,000 square feet of ground level retail space for “N” Habit: Belltown, located in the Belltown area, the city’s first down modular development. Ranging from 422 to 752 in square feet, the company is also introducing the Abodian Wall, a minimalist multi-functional living space separated by a partition into a bedroom with a fold-away Murphy Bed on one side to a combination study/dining/kitchen on the other. The 11” thick walls provide energy and noise insulation from neighbors, and most units have private terraces and balconies, says, noting “N” Habit: Belltown is a bustling pedestrian and bicycling neighborhood in Seattle. MHProNews has learned the modules are being produced by OneBuild in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

(Image credit: Stricker Cato Murphy Architects–Seattle modular apartment building)

Modular Apartments Rise in Massachusetts

July 31st, 2013 Comments off

The skyline in Natick, Mass. just west of Boston is being altered by a three-story, 12-unit modular apartment building that will have a stucco siding. The 27 modules were manufactured in an Excel Homes facility in Pennsylvania, and will be assembled in three days, according to metrowestdailynews. The units have windows, heating systems and interior items already in place when the units are sited, and workmen will then make all the wiring and water connections. Developer Brendan Carr says modular construction compresses a typical one-year project into a couple of months. Tracey Daniels of the Modular Building Institute says modular building represents only 1.5 percent of the commercial construction industry, but expects significant increases over the next five to ten years, as MHProNews has learned.

(Photo credit: Art Illman/wicked local and daily news–modules being sited in Natick, Mass.)

Big Apple Sees Rise of First Modular Apartments

July 12th, 2013 Comments off

Near the tip of Manhattan Island in New York City is rising the Big Apple’s first modular residential structure, a seven-story apartment building of concrete and steel. The Stack, as builder Gluck+ Architects calls it, is being assembled at the rate of four modules a day. All 56 of the 45-foot modules are expected to be set by next week, with a projected October, 2013 completion of the interior finish work. Counting off-site building, the entire project will require ten months, six months less than on-site construction in this town called Inwood. As MHProNews has learned from fastcodesign, the modular units are assembled in a factory in Penn. and trucked to the site. “Normal construction is a nightmare,” say chief architect Peter Gluck. But in a factory situation, “You can easily supervise what’s being done, whereas in normal construction, that’s really hard to maintain.”

(Photo credit: fastcodesign–the Stack in New York City)

Manufactured Home to be Replaced with Apartments

July 11th, 2013 Comments off

The planning commission in Juneau, Alaska has approved a conditional use permit to replace a manufactured home site with a twelve unit multifamily apartment building. Proposed by Delta Park LLC, the two-story structure will sit on a parcel of land zoned for 18 dwelling per acre. Building projects have increased in Juneau, MHProNews has learned from juneauempire, with residential permits issued 82 percent up over the same time last year, and commercial permit applications up 120 percent.

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Modular Gaining in the Northwest

May 2nd, 2013 Comments off

Regional sales manager for Greenstar Building Systems Randy Duggan writes in the Daily Journal of Commerce from Seattle that the Northwest is beginning to accept modular construction as a viable alternative to site-built. Noting the press has covered commercial modular projects as well as nonprofits exploring low-cost modular housing, he says think of the factory as the subcontractor who works with the developer, architect, and engineers to deliver the goods. A 49-unit modular project is in the works for Belltown, an area of Seattle MHProNews has learned that has been transformed from semi-industrial to restaurants, nightspots, and interesting shops on the waterfront. In addition, Greenstar is planning a modular apartment building for the Bay Area. He says, “In today’s world with advancements in all areas of our lives, construction should be no different. In all industries there are always those who go first. These forward-looking developers have analyzed the possibilities and decided that they can’t keep doing the same thing over and over and expect a different result.”

(Image credit: Stricker Cato Murphy Architects)

Conference will Target Modular Construction

February 27th, 2013 Comments off

As virtual-strategy tells MHProNews, the Modular Building Institute (MBI) and the Pratt Institute School of Architecture will co-host an all-day modular construction summit in Brooklyn, NY on May 16, 2013 at the Institute. As interest in modular techniques continues to rise, the gathering will debunk the myths and present the realities of offsite building. With high-profile architects and builders, the morning session will address multifamily modular construction, while the afternoon panel will discuss disaster relief and emergency housing. Open to the general public, attendees may also tour the factory of Capsys Corporation, which is building the ten-story My Micro NY project, a modular apartment building of mini-apartments set to open in 2015.

(Image credit: realestateweekly–Forest City Ratner modular apartments, Brooklyn,NY)

Community to become Co-op

August 29th, 2012 Comments off

times-standard reports from the northern coast of California Sandpiper Mobile Home Park is in its final stages of rebuilding after being purchased in 2006 by nonprofit Resident Owned Parks (ROP), which will offer homes for low income people to buy in Arcata, CA with the eventual goal of residents owning the MHC as a co-op. ROP ran into numerous delays while seeking permission for the project from the California Coastal Commission, and residents relocated to Arcata Mobile Home Park (another ROP property) during the rebuilding process, and will begin moving back to Sandpiper Oct. 1. As part of the city’s ongoing first-time homebuyer program that helps low-income people get affordable mortgages on homes, Arcata loaned ROP $2.3 million from its housing fund to purchase 16 manufactured homes and build an apartment building. MHProNews has learned new homes will cost $59,900 plus utilities and site rent, and qualified applicants can be on the path to homeownership for $550 a month.

(Photo credit: Resident Owned Parks–California)