Going Modular at Hilltop House

The Triad Business Journal reports that by going with modular construction, Hilltop House will be able to open a month earlier than it would have using standard construction techniques:

Modular installation allows for greater quality control than a standard construction project, as well as bringing the project to the market faster, said Tom Calloway, CEO of CJMW Architecture, which was the project’s architect.

“When they’re building in a factory, they can build in a safer, more secure environment, and they don’t have weather delays,” Calloway said. “In designing Hilltop South, you would not know that it’s modular, because we’ve been able to create the appropriate aesthetic.”…

The Hilltop South one-bedroom units were manufactured by Carolina Building Systems in Salisbury and transported by truck to Winston-Salem. At 630 square feet, each unit is 48 feet long and 12.5 feet wide.

“We have to fit under bridges and on the roadway,” said Kevin Jarrett, senior associate with CJMW Architecture. “The real neat thing is to walk into one of these boxes and you’re walking into a finished apartment. All it’s lacking is the final coat of paint. Otherwise it’s complete down to the final lightbulbs.”

You can see a slideshow of the construction on the Triad Business Journal’s website.