Friday, May 1, 2015

"Domain Apartments" Named Best Project Utilizing Modular Construction in North America by Modular Building Institute

San Jose, Calif., Apartment Complex Named Best-in-Show in the Permanent Modular Buildings Category at the Annual Awards of Distinction Awards Ceremony

Guerdon Modular Buildings has won best-in-show in the Modular Building Institute’s 2015 Awards of Distinction competition for Domain Apartments, a five-story, 444-unit luxury townhouse-style complex in north San Jose, California. Domain was the first project in the state and the largest in the country to be constructed of pre-manufactured modular units placed on a post-tensioned parking podium.

Domain also won the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Structure Awards for best residential project, in which it competed against site built construction projects. Equity Group Residential was the project’s developer.

The modular units were built at Guerdon’s manufacturing facility in Boise, Idaho, including all finishes and luxury upgrades such as 9-foot ceilings, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and in-home washers and dryers. The units were trucked to the construction site and set in place using one of the largest production cranes in the nation. The only on-site construction required was exterior shear bracing and siding.

“The modular approach was also a win for Equity Group, given the tight time constraints created by the rapidly increasing demand for multi-family housing in their market,” said Lad Dawson, CEO of Guerdon Modular Buildings. “They estimated that our modular technology allowed the complex to go to market about nine months sooner and reach full lease stabilization one year earlier than if it had been site-built, while improving quality.”

The MBI Awards of Distinction contest is the commercial modular industry's premier awards program, offering competition in over 30 categories for MBI members: building manufacturers, dealers, and product and service providers. Entries are re-locatable, permanent, and renovated modular buildings as well as industry marketing pieces.

Every entry is reviewed by an impartial panel of industry and non-industry construction and code experts, architects and engineers, and marketing professionals. Building entries are judged on architectural excellence, technical innovation and sustainability, cost effectiveness, energy efficiency, and calendar days to complete. Green building designs are judged on eight criteria, from comfort and energy strategies to economic practicality.

About Guerdon Modular Buildings
Guerdon is the leading manufacturer of large-scale, complex modular construction projects and modular multi-family housing developments in the western United States and Canada. Guerdon’s innovative modular construction technology reduces build time and construction impacts while delivering significant improvements in quality, energy efficiency, noise reduction and cost-effectiveness when compared to on-site building methods. Guerdon’s construction experience, engineering, design expertise and manufacturing capacity is unrivaled in the industry. For more information, please visit

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