Modular Building Institute

Domain Apartments

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Guerdon, LLC
Guerdon Modular Buildings
San Jose, California
Building Use:
Gross Size of Project:
481569 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    The 450,000 square foot project consists of five, four story residential buildings constructed using modular technologies, one site constructed clubhouse, and a pool situated atop an above grade seven acre one story parking podium. The project also incorporates a small number of units at grade (under the podium). The Domain Apartments offer an assortment of units including; three bedroom flats, one and two bedroom-two story townhomes, and three bedroom three story townhomes, all of which feature high levels of amenities. To advance the developer’s focus on social interaction, residents have access to high-end common area amenities and each of the 444 units feature a walk-out private roof-top deck or direct podium level patio space. Luxury upgrades within each unit include 9-foot ceilings, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and in-home washers and dryers.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    As the largest modular project built on the West Coast, set crews utilized one of the largest crawler cranes made and strategically planned its central location to set each of the 485 modules. Both onsite and modular construction techniques were used to accelerate the projects timeline more rapidly than would have been possible with typical construction expectations. Surrounded by technology centers, this community is minutes from the Tasman Light Rail and major freeways. With shopping and restaurants just outside the gates and a large dedicated park across the street, residents of the Domain Apartments are within walking distance of everything they need.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    Though estimates for site built construction were within 2% of offsite construction, modular technology was chosen for the project because of its ability to bring the project to market much faster. Buildings were occupied in phases so lease up could start early and the entire project was almost fully leased in less than a year from final completion. With full lease up being achieved a year sooner than the developer expected, they capitalized on nearly $15 million in added gross revenue, in addition to avoiding most of the cost variance risk associated with rapidly rising construction costs.
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