Stacked Multifamily Wood Frame

Stacked Multifamily Wood Frame

With the stacked multifamily projects we have built, we have either had a structural steel or a concrete podium and retail, office or parking below. The apartments start above the podium, and wood framing is used if the over-all building height is less than 75 feet. Regarding the wood framing, we have found it is [Read More]

Wood Framing Construction Topping Out Higher?

Wood Framing Construction Topping Out Higher?

Your average apartment building might be changing. I’m referring to multi-family buildings that are taller than garden-style, but not so tall as a high rise–generally five stories or 75’ in top elevation according to current codes. Wood is coming back into favor as a construction material for multi-family construction. As one of the oldest and [Read More]

Construction Industry Update

Construction Industry Update

Last week, I had breakfast with Ken Simonson, chief economist with the Associated General Contractors of America. While we see a good bit of positive news, it was interesting to listen to his national perspective, hearing the facts and the trends as he sees them. Construction spending totaled about $854 billion in 2012, a 10% [Read More]