Modular Building Institute

Hilltop House Apartments

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Company:
Champion Commercial Structures
Affiliate:
Frank L. Blum Construction
Location:
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Building Use:
Upscale Apartments
Gross Size of Project:
40000 Square Feet
Days to complete:
190

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    Champion worked with the architect to design a five-story apartment building which consisted of four floors of modular over first-floor site construction. The building consisted of 65 one bedroom, one bath apartments designed for young professionals. High-end modern finishes made the units attractive for the target market. Features included vinyl plank and ceramic tile flooring, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. A covered balcony provides access to the apartments into a large living/dining room. A sleek, modern kitchen and bathroom is in the middle of the apartment and leads into a large, airy master bedroom with a spacious walk-in closet. Upscale units include a private balcony off the bedroom. Careful coordination between the designer, GC, and Champion ensured that the finishes in the first floor site-built apartments matched those constructed in the factory. Champion provided matching materials to the GC to ensure a uniform look among the apartments.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    Each apartment was contained within one module so we were able to maximize the size of each module to minimize the shipping and set costs associated with the project. This also allowed us to fully finish each apartment at the factory including flooring, bath fixtures, cabinets, counter-tops, and appliances. Once the modules were delivered to the site, Hayes Modular Group installed them using a crane and then made the structural connections and completed the EPDM roofing and wind wrap to "dry-in" the buildings. After that, exterior siding and other site built accents were applied. With the short schedule, the project required careful coordination between the modular and site constructed portions of the project. Diligent front-end planning made all the difference, as the sequencing of the scopes proved to be nearly flawless.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    Due to the location of the project in downtown Winston-Salem, NC, modular made perfect sense. The job site was very small and challenging. There was not a lot of extra room for “lay down” areas and the developer wished to minimize the impact to the surrounding area. By choosing modular, they were able to solve these issues. By turning to Champion, the customer was able to save considerable time and money. The close proximity of the Champion facility saved considerable money on transportation costs. Since the interior of the apartments were completed at the factory, there was no finish work on site which utilized the maximum efficiency of modular construction. Because the architect and general contractor both had modular experience, Champion was able to work with them to clearly delineate the scope of work and ensure there were no gaps or redundancies. This was another way modular construction drove value and ensured cost efficiency in the overall process.
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