“By deploying modular construction and an entrepreneurial financing approach, this project demonstrates the potential for time and costs savings for developing affordable housing in San Francisco.”
Modular Speed: New permanent supportive housing within 3 years
When complete, 833 Bryant will be a six-story permanent supportive housing building in the SoMa neighborhood. 833 Bryant will have 146 living units set on top of a concrete podium. Amenities will include a ground floor lobby, social service offices, laundry room, and a landscaped courtyard. One apartment will be reserved for a live-in staff member.
About two dozen modular units have already been stacked onto the concrete podium, thanks to the engineering and coordination of DCI’s modular engineering experts. The team designed the PT floor systems, concrete column schedule, general framing, and stud and shear wall plans. The engineering staff worked with the modular fabricator to refine design details for streamlined installation at the site. The team collaborated with the architect and DCI’s San Francisco staff during the permitting review with the City, particularly to address local building fire requirements.
- Mercy Housing, Tipping Point Community, and Housing Accelerator Fund chose the modular delivery method for 833 Bryant for its speed of construction. Cost savings, private funds, and locking in construction pricing early has allowed the owners to target the project’s completion in three years (30% faster) and about 25% cheaper than a traditionally built podium building, according to a case study conducted by UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation.
- During the project’s design phase, DCI utilized BIM software to reconcile building system penetrations.