Making the most of modular components to reduce the work needed on a smaller project site was one of the biggest challenges facing the Britco team on Gate 48. Building, delivering and installing on narrow streets in a historical San Franscisco Bay neighbouhood that was undergoing revitalization work tested the design team’s expertise.
Not only were we tasked with the entire build, we also needed to ensure that we had as little impact as possible on the development of the surrounding area. The involvement of third parties required to carry out services such as inspections and installation of some components further added to the level of coordination that was required.
This very successful build was a hit with the client, the residents and the neighbourhood. It was first constructed in our off-site modular construction facility and then delivered and assembled on site, resulting in a 4-storey condominium complex that incorporated traditional California motifs to complement the historical look and feel of the neighbourhood. To help address space restrictions, we used mini modules to increase width which also added a bay window for residents.
Special attention was paid to soundproofing due to the building’s location in a high-traffic area. For added safety and security, we also included high-tech wiring and other features. The complex showcases numerous green innovations like individually controlled centralized hydronic heating systems, hot water on-demand boilers and high-efficiency appliances, lighting and glazing.
Twelve one and two-bedroom contemporary suites can be found on three levels situated over a parkade. Traditional archways, detailed parapets, covered terraces, stucco exterior finishes, wrought iron gates and Portland cement plaster mouldings enhance the historical look and feel of the project. Residents enjoy sweeping views of the Bay Area and the interiors include high ceilings, solid maple millwork, granite countertops, stainless appliances, office alcoves and detailed finishes.