10C — April 14 - 27, 2017 — Southeastern PA — M id A tlantic

Real Estate Journal


S outheastern PA

By Michel L. Gibeault, High Construction A New approach to multifamily construction


very multifamily hous- ing developer asks, “Is it better to panelize my

next project or to have my builder stick f r ame t h e buildings?’ Panelized prefabricated building sys- tems o f ten require less

Rendering of the Madison Ellis Preserve by JDavis Architects.

A unique framing solution is being used for the Madison Ellis Pre- serve apartment community, currently under construction in Newtown Square, PA.

Michel Gibeault

ing a unique solution where the lumber is precut under controlled conditions in a shop, labeled, bundled and shipped to the job site ready to assemble. At the jobsite, the material arrives in the order

it is needed, keeping the site orderly and requiring minimal staging space. The framing solution, called READY-FRAME ® , is provided by BMC, a building materials and construction solutions provider with a plant in Para- dise Township, Pa. Working with BMC, High Construction coordinated and reviewed shop drawings to ensure accuracy and congruency with the proj- ect’s design documents. “Getting the shop drawings completed early and having them reviewed by all par- ties was critical,” said Mike Pluta, senior project manager for High Construction. The Madison Ellis Preserve proj- ect features three, four-story apartment buildings. Each floor has about 21 apartment units, requiring up to 800 shop drawings per floor. The upfront time investment to review shop drawings is pay- ing off in the field. “Using this hybrid system enables us to frame the proj- ect faster, with less labor, significantly less waste and under safer conditions, as cutting and extension cords are kept to a minimum, when compared to traditional stick framing,” said Mike Laing, senior project superintendent for High Construction. “In addition, because the assem- bly is done on the job site, there is greater flexibility with READY-FRAME ® than with panels, and shipping costs are lower.” Material costs for the project were about the same as panel- ized. However, reduced ship- ping costs, coupled with the added advantages in the field, made this the right choice for the project. Sometimes, age-old ques- tions are worth revisiting. The answers may just need to be repackaged. Michel L. Gibeault is vice president of business de- velopment for High Con- struction Company, Lan- caster, PA. n

field time, while stick-built framing typically offers lower material costs. The best an- swer may lie somewhere in between. High Construction is using

tion in Newtown Square, PA. Originally developed for the single family housing market, High Construction is utiliz-

a hybrid of the two options for the Madison Ellis Preserve, a 251-unit apartment commu- nity currently under construc-

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