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Watch Modular Apartments Get Stacked This Weekend

By September 25, 2013

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This sounds like a neat thing to go watch (sadly I’ll be in Whistler). Here’s our previous coverage on the project, Inside Downtown Seattle’s First Modular Apartment.

Full press release:

N-Habit: Belltown, Downtown Seattle’s First Modular Building, Erected in Just Two Weekends

Starting Saturday Morning Watch the ‘Stacking’ Occur:
Half of the Building’s 49 Pre-Assembled Homes ArriveOn-Site and
are ‘Set’ at Third Ave. & Bell Street

The next generation in residential construction takes shape this weekend as all seven-and-a-half stories of the N-Habit: Belltown project rise from the ground in just two weekends.

N-Habit: Belltown is downtown Seattle’s largest modular construction project. Modular construction enables projects to be built in about half the time of a normal construction project, while still maintaining a higher level of quality and overall construction site control.

Interesting Facts about N-Habit: Belltown’s Modular Weekend:

  • The units are pre-constructed at OneBuild’s manufacturing site in Kalamath Falls, Oregon. Each home arrives in Seattle with all plumbing, heating, cooling, appliances, paint, and flooring already in place – basically everything but the shower curtain and toilet paper!
  • Each unit weighs 30,000 pounds and arrives via flat bed trucks. The units are stored one mile away from the construction site and arrive in stages.
  • It takes 45-to-60 minutes to stack one module.
  • The modules are stacked using a 550-ton mobile crane that includes special rigging hardware.

Third Avenue will be closed all weekend between Blanchard and Bell St., but the public is welcome to watch the homes being “stacked” from the sidewalk on the east side of Third Avenue near the N-Habit: Belltown leasing center (2216 Third Ave).

N-Habit: Belltown construction site: 2217 Third Ave. Seattle, WA

Stacking of all 49 homes will occur over two weekends (September 27-30 and October 4-6).

This Weekend: Stacking begins at 6 am Saturday, September 28th and concludes at 10:30 pm Sunday, September 30th. About half of the homes will be “set” over the two-day period.

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