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Aug. 26, 2013

Daly Sets Sights on Seven-Month Modular Construction for ‘N’ Habit

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

One of the hottest trends in building now is the use of prefabricated elements, banking on the effectiveness the medium offers. One of the first Seattle developers to jump on that bandwagon was Daly Partners. Normally, a mid-rise apartment community project rising in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood would take around a year construction-wise, but contractor Charter Construction has set itself a seven-month deadline.

The seven-and-a-half-story project, dubbed ‘N’ Habit by the developers, will be built on a lot at 2217 Third Ave., just three city blocks away from Amazon.com’s new headquarters in Denny Triangle. Apart from having a lightning-fast development schedule, the project will bear the legacy of being the city’s first modular apartment building, The Puget Sound Business Journal writes. The residential building will offer 49 units ranging from 422- to 452-square-foot studio units to two-story lofts ranging between 546 and 752 square feet and 672- to 727-square-foot lofts. According to the ‘N’ Habit Web site, rental rates at the building will range between $1,175 for the basic studio and $2,100 for the largest two-story lofts. There is no parking element to the project, with the focus put on the presence of a bike storage facility.

The modular components to be used in the development process are being provided by OneBuild. The company is producing the modules at its Klamath Falls facility in Oregon. The smooth production process, facilitated by the modular technology, will also help out by lessening the effects of the development of a midrise building in one of the most crowded areas of a large city. PSBJ writes that the use of modular construction units would reduce the impact on nearby traffic from a number of months to a couple of weekends, due to the ease with which the structure will be erected.

Image courtesy of nhabitseattle.com

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