Over the past 3 weeks, Cubix Othello has been on the move. If you have been driving up and down I-5 you may have seen them. Metric Modular wrapped up their factory work and loaded the modules on to trucks for Seattle delivery. 40 modules are now scattered south of Boeing field where they will remain until the Modular Box Setting in mid August. Cranes will lift and stack modules over the course of 3 weeks assembling 5 stories and 70 units in Seattle’s Othello neighborhood, providing affordable housing right next to the Othello light rail station. Please reach out if you would like to know more or see the process in person.
Metric Modular shares the benefits of building a prototype and how it allows the team, including the client, architect and other key stakeholders to better understand how the product will look once finished. Check out the article and video included in the post!
Have you been craving a virtual walking tour of a modular factory? Now is your chance!
Walk the factory floor with John Morefield of Jackson | Main Architecture as he discusses our latest modular project – Cubix Othello. John takes you on a tour from framing to finish and explains how modular construction is a little different than what you would expect.
Submitted by John Morefield
Modular, there are a number of things that we’ve learned. This accumulated experience, these things that we’ve learned, we are now bringing to the super-cool Cubix at Othello project!
Modular construction is a method of building in which the main components (modules) are assembly line manufactured in “truck-sized pieces” in a climate-controlled factory. Finished modules are transported on specialized trailers to construction sites and crane-set on to foundations to create entire buildings.
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Original post author, Metric Modular
In today’s housing crisis, “affordable” and “market-rate housing” may seem like an oxymoron. And for most apartment developers, it is increasingly unattainable as land and construction costs skyrocketed over the last several years. So, how can “affordable” and “market-rate” co-exist in the same project? One answer to that question is by building small efficiency dwelling units (SEDU’s) primarily in up-and-coming areas of Seattle. These units range from 230 to 280 square feet, about the size of a typical hotel room (containing its own bathroom and small kitchen), about 20-30% less than a typical, market-rate studio. This means an Amazon custodian, for example, making $45,000 a year can still live within a 15-minute light rail or bus ride from work, rather than drive an hour each way from the suburbs, adding to the region’s already clogged freeways.
Another answer to the housing crisis is controlling construction costs. When a construction project costs less and takes less time, desperately needed apartments come to market faster and cheaper. As any econ 101 student will tell you, rising construction costs (and longer time needed to build) ultimately leads to higher rents. So, in this climate of skyrocketing costs, how do we find innovative ways of controlling those costs to maintain affordability? By utilizing modular construction in the building process, we manage costs and shorten the construction process, bringing units to market faster and more affordably.
So, what is modular construction? Imagine if we built cars the same way we built apartments. Imagine how inefficient that would be, to bring in each trade to the car dealership, one at a time, to put the wheels on, put the engine in, to install electronics, and so on. Now imagine building an apartment the same way we build cars: where box after box roll through a factory line with each station specialized in one task. The first station might be where pre-framed walls are installed. Next station plumbing; next station electrical; drywall; paint. Until eventually it comes out the end of the line, a completed apartment. That’s how modular construction works.
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Original post author, Daniel Stoner, NextGen Housing Parters
We will begin construction on our newest addition to the Cubix apartments family!
Cubix – Othello extends the Cubix™ brand to the Rainier Valley. Located just a block away for the Othello Light Rail Station, the six-story, 85-unit building features the perfect mix of neighborhood amenities, rapid transit, and affordability. Overlooking the 7.5 acre, Othello Park, Cubix – the community roof deck and many apartments will feature stunning views of the Cascades.
Original post author, Daniel Stoner, NextGen Housing Partners