Modular Building Institute

La Cite's Hempstead's Village Lofts

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Clayton Building Solutions
Clayton Building Solutions
Hempstead, NY
Building Use:
Gross Size of Project:
45000 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    Village Lofts is comprised of one and two bedroom units, offering both market-rate and workforce housing options to the Long Island area. The growing attendance at Hofstra university and a job force of new graduates, combined with the lack of good workforce housing in the area, are among the reasons the development corporation decided to pursue the project. Each unit in the gated apartment community boasts wide-plank maple wood floors, oversized Marvin high-tech windows and GE Energy Star appliances that include washer, dryer and dishwasher. Solid hardwood kitchen cabinetry and bathrooms featuring custom tile work demonstrate a high degree of quality and style. The Nichiha exterior sets the building apart from all other buildings in the area, which show age in looks and use. he property placement of the building is an L shape, with the pocket of the L containing a small office building. This site was ensconced with other SF housing making this a complex assembly and finish.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    The technical side of this construction was in the scope substance of the work. The team members required for this build was complex in the number of NY engineers and architects involved in the pre-work required to build a project to come in on-time and on budget. The impact of HUD approvals and the use of tax credits from state, county, and city governments also increased the complexity of approvals. The factory construction was executed on schedule, however the site work was complicated by late changes in the General Construction Company, and extraordinary weather conditions of rain and snow which were not seen in recent history. The design was complicated because of the modular plans being different from apartment to apartment, adding to in plant construction complexity. The project delivery was unique due to over height and shipping restrictions for Nassau County. All shipments occurred onto this ~one acre site in early morning hours causing a few week sonly of any traffic iss
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    The cost effectiveness was evident in the fact rents could be between 405-50% below market rents. This is an impact from various confluence of factors; 1. Tax credits, 2. Finance options and gated funding releases, 3. Modular production and assembly costs and timeline, 4. GC Costs based upon a clean use of funds review, 5. Smart pricing architecture/deal creation method and process to contract to market. The pricing management to market was a unique teamed effort of a few stakeholders allowing an aligned process to establish the pricing basis which made this total project effective and efficient in the budget and execution of contracts through to construction. The complex details on this process work is from funding to certificate of occupancy is unequalled in most market driven projects. The user base was consistently flowing into the project for applications for rent throughout the construction period amassing over 500 applications for rent before the project opened for business.
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