Builders turn to modular when they’re feeling the squeeze of tight timelines, tight labor pools, and sometimes, tight spaces. Modular techniques can be very effective when working with unusual build sites, like a 45-unit apartment complex in Oakland only a little wider than the length of a pickup truck.
Because of its unique site challenges, the 1414 MLK development underway in Oakland’s City Center would be nearly impossible without modular construction techniques. The narrow L-shaped lot — currently a single-row parking strip — physically cannot accommodate the sprawl of a traditional build site, and there is a risk of damage to the historic buildings on either side of the property.
For these reasons and more, Prefab Logic was recruited to provide a modular solution for 1414 MLK. To reduce the on-site footprint, 40 of the development’s 45 studio apartments will be constructed off-site in a controlled factory environment. The units will then be shipped to downtown Oakland and carefully assembled on the narrow build site with care and attention to the historic properties on either side.
Developers can also expect project completion in significantly less time than a traditional build, thanks to an efficient, streamlined assembly process. Faster doesn’t mean cutting corners, though: the 1414 MLK building will feature upscale amenities and finishes, including a rooftop lounge area with an outdoor kitchen.