Given the variety of multi-family developer designs, visions and budgets, there’s likely a prefabricated solution that meets the need. Becoming increasingly popular for multi-family building development, prefabricated building solutions are accelerating construction schedules, maximizing return on investment and providing an amenity mix that supports individual market demand.
Forming a Development Partnership
Since multifamily projects can take a variety of routes, the prefabricator gets involved at project onset, asking questions early in a project’s design to understand — number of floors, project budget, the owner’s design vision— to gain a better understanding. And as developers become increasingly aware of the benefits of prefabricated building solutions, it creates a partnership in the process, enabling a tailored approach to meet their specific goals and needs.
Keep reading to learn about the variety of prefabricated designs solutions for multi-family that Wells has years of expertise building:
Developers that intend to keep a building in their portfolio for the long-term are increasingly selecting a total prefabricated (aka total precast) solution, as they desire a structure with minimal long-term costs. By leveraging the architectural and structural benefits of prefabrication, this system provides developers with a more durable structure with lower lifecycle costs, minimal sound transmission, enhanced energy efficiency and occupant comfort (through insulated panels) and higher sustainability ratings.
Additional benefits of using a totally prefabricated building design include:
- When exterior architectural perimeter walls are also made load bearing, it performs double duty, eliminating perimeter beam and column framing needs.
- By using prestressing manufacturing techniques, it allows for longer span double tees, reducing columns and beams within structures.
- This off-site manufacturing also expedites construction speed as much as 40 to 50% faster than other conventional building systems.
- Excellent fire resistance, reducing the need for added fire walls or field applied fire proofing, ultimately saving the developer money.
When using a total precast system, the prefabricator essentially becomes a “one-stop-shop” for the project team. With preconstruction and engineering collaboration, they provide building design options that can mimic a variety of other construction materials using form liners, inlays, stains or pigments, effectively shifting much of the construction and trade work off-site. The wall panel design can also integrate recesses and protrusions to achieve virtually any desired aesthetic, and important for multi-family design, even incorporate MEP penetrations prior to a panel’s arrival at the site.