Efficient Studios: 1888 MLK

Located on a triangular property with bustling city streets on all sides, the 1888 MLK in-fill development requires a highly customized build plan to make efficient use of the irregular lot. Innovative modular techniques will transform this parking island into 88 modern studio apartments in the heart of downtown Oakland.

The 1888 MLK building will use modular construction that features angled bays to use of every square foot of space available on the curving property. A majority of the build will take place off-site in a volumetric manufacturing facility, where units will be constructed to rigorous safety and quality standards. When complete, the studios will be shipped to Oakland and stacked atop a one-story concrete podium that contains commercial units and five more studio apartments. An 88-space indoor bicycle parking area and landscaped rooftop deck add appeal for residents.

Owner CRC Development tapped Prefab Logic for modular product design and product management services for 1888 MLK. These services include customizing project plans to take maximum advantage of factory-built efficiency, assembling the volumetric manufacturing team, and otherwise ensuring a successful modular build from conception to completion.

Prefab Logic is also partnering with Oakland-based architecture firm Baran Studios for this urban in-fill project. The two shops are collaborating on 1414 MLK, a similar development transforming a narrow parking lot just a few blocks away.


Sector: Multifamily
Location: Oakland, CA
Size: 88 Studio Apartments


Owner: CRC Development
General Contractor: ProSet Construction
Architect: Baran Studios
Manufacturer: ATCO Structures



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