A.M.O. Management’s Modular Apartments in Oakland Rise in Record Time

In just a few days, A.M.O. Management assembled a three-story modular building with six new apartments in Oakland.

In just a few days, A.M.O. Management assembled a three-story modular building with six new apartments in Oakland.

According to the Pittsburgh Business Times, the $2.125 million project replaces the company’s former apartment building on Zulema Street which was destroyed by a fire in March 2013.

The property is now ready to welcome tenants again.

Nate Morgan, owner of A.M.O., told the newspaper that the new apartments were difficult to pre-lease because would-be renters would not sign on for a project that was not up yet.

Through the use of the modular construction technique, the developer was able to build the individual apartments and components in a factory in Clarion, and then use a crane to assemble them on the foundation over the course of only three days.

The first unit landed softly to the delight and applause of the onlookers, the company’s blog reports.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” remarked Lindsay, who resides in Robinson and graduated from West Virginia University. “I always thought that building was from the ground up, not the opposite of that.”

Still rare in the region, modular development utilizes green building principles, such as a highly efficient construction process that leaves less waste and delivers energy efficient units, with drastically decreased electric bills.

Expected to appeal to young professionals, the new apartments also feature state-of-the-art keyless entry systems, 46-inch flat screen televisions, a video intercom system, brand new appliances and a fully monitored security system with cameras.

AMO Management’s experience with this type of construction includes 67 modular units at California University. The apartments have experienced almost no maintenance issues since they were built in 2010.

By February or March, AMO is also planning to begin construction on a modular $5.2 million apartment project in downtown Greensburg. Upon completion, the complex will offer 28 units with a total of 57 bedrooms. Rents are expected to range between $650 and $750 per bedroom.

Photo credits: AMO Management