“Katerra Snapshot” is a blog series where we share more information about the many products and services we are delivering for our wonderful clients. As we adjust to life during a pandemic, we’re keeping the health and well-being of our employees and the communities in which work front and center. We hope this update finds you staying safe and healthy.
We continue to closely monitor and follow the latest public health guidance across our global business operations. As local restrictions on lower-risk workplaces, including construction, are beginning to ease in some regions, we are modifying our jobsites to stay healthy as we get back to work.
While this past month hasn’t been business-as-usual, we have been busy, and we are excited to share our highlights from April below.
Katerra Ranks #5 on NMHC Top US Builders List
This month, NMHC released its 2020 NMHC 50, the sector’s chief ranking of the nation’s largest apartment owners, managers, developers, builders and syndicators. We are proud to be recognized as the fifth largest builder in the United States by the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) with 5,675 units started in 2019. This was our first time being included in the rankings.
Thank you to our dedicated employees, partners and our customers for making this achievement possible! You can view the full list on NMHC’s website here.
Solar Array at Katerra’s Tracy Factory Offsets Energy Usage
Katerra recently installed a 1,117 megawatt (MW) rooftop solar array at our Tracy, Calif. factory to offset a majority of the facility’s energy consumption with renewable energy. With clean onsite generation and energy submetering, our Tracy factory is now positioned to deliver high-quality, low-carbon building components with even greater operational excellence.
Featuring over 3,000 solar panels, we expect to generate around 1.73 GWh of electricity annually, offsetting about 430,000 pounds of CO2 emissions. That is equal to the emissions of 22,000 gallons of gasoline burned per year. This solar array reflects our commitment to sustainability and taking a holistic approach to delivering improved environmental performance.
Honorable Mention: Fast Company World Changing Ideas 2020
We’re pleased our cross-laminated timber (CLT) initiatives received an honorable mention on Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards 2020 list in the Spaces, Places, and Cities finalists. Katerra’s CLT is in good company with other organizations recognized by Fast Company for helping to make cities “cleaner, more efficient, more beautiful, and more equitable for their citizens.” Read more here.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The Dock Building
Michael Green Architecture, a Katerra Design Partner, has received a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture from the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC), the highest architectural project distinction in Canada, for their work on The Dock Building. Located at Jericho beach in Vancouver, BC, The Dock Building is part of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and serves a large marina of sailboats. The facility provides washrooms and showers, offices for the Harbour Master, instruction space for children, and a variety of workshops to maintain boats, sails, and gear. The project’s practical working needs, very modest budget, and prominent siting required a simple solution that honored the cannery and industrial heritage of waterfront buildings that were once found on the site a half-century before. The design demonstrates that all projects from working industrial buildings to boutique museums can and should be realized with grace and architectural dignity.
Fairwood Apartments, located in Carmichael, CA, is an 86-unit, garden-style complex. Katerra’s Renovations team recently completed an extensive rehabilitation that included interior renovations, upgraded units, and exterior repairs. All units received new cabinets, countertops, flooring, doors, light fixtures, paint, and appliances. Site improvements included an extreme upgrade to the path of travel throughout the entire property, along with extensive fencing and dry rot repairs. New maintenance and storage sheds were installed throughout the site. Among site and unit repairs, the Community Room and Leasing Office were upgraded, as well as a new roof.
Katerra is nearing completion on one of the first high-rise towers to be developed in the U-District in nearly 40 years. At 24-stories The M, a luxury high-rise, will be the first of its kind for University of Washington Students, with fully-furnished residences and panoramic views of Seattle a short walk away from the University and the light rail.
Constructed with post-tensioned concrete with a panelized glass skin, the building features unit types ranging from studios to 4-bedroom, as well as townhome and penthouse residences. The M also includes 5,575 square feet of retail/commercial space, 32 below-grade parking stalls, 63 bike stalls, and an adjacent pocket park.
Designed by architects Lord Aeck Sargent, a Katerra company, and Brock Hudgins Associates, Broadstone Yards is a three-building mid-rise development with 251 studio, one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments. Amenities include a pool courtyard, double-height clubroom and gym, a mezzanine business center with private offices and study rooms, an outdoor rooftop lounge and a three-story pedestrian bridge overlooking the Atlanta skyline. Broadstone Yards is located in Westside Atlanta with direct pedestrian access to the Westside Provisions District. The interiors, also designed by Lord Aeck Sargent, feature several pieces of art commissioned by Hope Cohn Projects and the nearby Goat Farm Arts Center.
Kovai Medical Center and Hospital (KMCH)
Kovai Medical Center and Hospital is one of the most well-renowned hospitals in southern India, Coimbatore. Katerra is putting final touches on a 1 million sq. ft. expansion of their current facilities spread across four building blocks on the KMCH campus. The expansion includes a hospital wing, a teaching block, and residential apartments built with standardized concrete components, 3D modular bathroom pods and modular MEP manufactured at our factory in Krishnagiri and assembled onsite.
The Postmark is a suburban community 10 miles north of Downtown Seattle featuring 243 apartment units in two five-story buildings above a two level below-grade parking structure. Katerra is providing end-to-end new build services and approaching completion of the project. The Postmark is Katerra’s first residential cross-laminated timber (CLT) project. CLT is a renewable building material with unique and often superior building, aesthetic, environmental, and cost attributes than that of concrete and steel. The Postmark is a great example of the potential for mass timber to create elegant and sustainable buildings while also introducing significant construction efficiencies. Read more about The Postmark and our use of CLT here.