Denver is experiencing a housing shortage, and BKBM Engineers have been invited to join the modular design team for an 8 over 1 apartment project. The project features 89 units with puzzle parking, precast concrete podiums, and cold-formed steel (CFS) modular units with demising shear walls and finished interiors. Architectural components such as balconies, decks, pergolas, grilling stations, and solar-ready roofing appeal to residents.
Harnessing Modern Solutions with Modular Construction to Solve Housing Shortages in Colorado.
Location: Grand Junction, CO
Client: Aspen Starwood
Square Feet: 37,400
Construction Cost: $23 M
Construction Materials: Wood Modular
Since the pandemic, the City of Grand Junction on the western slopes of Colorado has experienced phenomenal growth. This impact was due to the influx of remote workers, primarily from the tech industry. They chose this city for easy access to the many great outdoor activities it has to offer. Consequently, it created a surge in the need for housing and a negative vacancy rate. New people arriving in town were added to a waiting list for housing. BKBM Engineers collaborated with the project design team to help fill that need.
BKBM’s Denver structural team provided full EOR services for this apartment project, including engineering design services for the modular building fabricator. This 3-story walk-up apartment complex comprises two 36-unit buildings on concrete crawlspace foundation walls. Offsite construction of these wood modular units is considered the maximum use of volumetric space while maintaining interstate shipping constraints. The units were finished inside, with only the need to make field connections for MEP hookups. Site-built architectural components provide unique building features that enhance the overall curb appeal of the buildings.