Modular Technology Part of San Jose Multifamily Project

Innovative modular technology and sustainable practices are among the hallmarks of a new San Jose, Calif., development called Domain.

By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Writer

San Jose, Calif.—Innovative modular technology and sustainable practices are among the hallmarks of a new San Jose, Calif., development called Domain.

Being developed through a joint venture involving Northwestern Mutual and Equity Residential, Domain is the largest multifamily project utilizing revolutionary modular technology on the West Coast.

Slated for completion in November 2013, the development features 444 units and a sprawling five-acre park. Its sustainable practices and environmental facets have earned nearly three times the required California Green Points.

The modular units comprising Domain are manufactured by Boise, ldaho-based Guerdon Enterprises LLC. Exactly 540 such units are being used in Domain’s construction, with each measuring 70 feet long by 15 feet wide by 15 feet high, reports Guerdon Enterprise’s CEO, Lad Dawson.

The units are being installed on an elevated, 7-acre podium. “We believe this is not only the largest multifamily development utilizing modular construction on the West Coast, it is clearly also the largest to be built on a podium,” Dawson says.

The LR1400 crane being used to hoist the 540 modular units is larger than the LR1300 crane currently in use in the construction of the massive new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. for San Francisco’s NFL Football Team, the 49ers.

Douglas Ross Construction, the contractor on the project, reports it is one of the largest mobile cranes in the United States, and it has the ability to handle 70,000 pounds at the hook, out to 320 feet in every direction.

“Domain is an incredible project, and is showcasing some truly progressive construction practices,” says Peter Solar, Western Region development director for Equity Residential. “We are creating a residential community utilizing new sustainable practices in its manufacturing and construction. It’s a fascinating project from every aspect.”

The development is situated on Vista Montana and First Streets in North San Jose, Calif. The project architect is Humphreys & Partners of Dallas. Burlington, Mass.-based DNV KEMA is the energy and sustainability consultant.

Domain has begun to capture attention, as evidenced by its recently having been awarded the Best Residential Project of the Year in the San Jose 2012 Structures Awards competition, Solar adds.

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