March 31, 2020
Epstein completed a concept study for Stonehouse Opportunity Zone Partners, who is building a team to create residential developments for affordable rental housing within Opportunity Zones across the nation.
Our concept study developed the model prototype for a 3-story walk-up residential apartment of four units per level, 12 units per building. Stonehouse intends to roll out a national plan for developments that could provide 120 to 288 units on a given site; they have current LOIs on properties in North Carolina and Florida.
As sites are determined and the program surges forward, Epstein can be expected to provide architecture and engineering services, including civil, structural and MEP.
As a full-service integrated AEC firm, with growth in volumetric modular design, we are delighted that modular construction has seen such wide acceptance with continued growth in the U.S.
Modular construction refers to a process in which a building is constructed off-site, under controlled plant conditions, using the same materials and designing to the same codes and standards as conventionally built facilities. When put together, the building reflects the identical design intent and specifications of the most sophisticated site-built facility.
This technique offers what other construction methods cannot: accelerated project timelines, more economical pricing and less site disruption.
According to the Modular Building Institute (MBI), we will see a significant shift towards modular and off-site construction techniques over the next five years as greater numbers of the skilled labor force retire.
"The construction industry will and must evolve into a more industrialized and automated process; it's just inevitable," said our David Scott, AIA, Vice President, Director of Professional Services. "The companies that understand and embrace this now, and build modular into their strategic plans, will see greater opportunities in the near future."
As such, Epstein has embraced modular construction. We are proud to be at the forefront of the movement, having brought high-rise modular from Europe into the U.S. with the worlds tallest modular hotel, the AC NoMad Hotel in New York.
Currently, we have significant modular projects in-design of various scales, and are actively increasing our expertise in this evolving field.