Stacked Favorably: Prepping a modular steel building for seismic compliance
The four-story CITYSPACE 2711 is the first steel building made from modules manufactured in China and installed in a seismic region of the United States. Located near the UC Berkeley campus, the residential building is situated on a narrow 5,200-sf site. CITYSPACE 2711 contains 22 studio units with a kitchenette, stainless steel appliances, oversized windows, and a sofa that can be converted into a queen size bed. Stacking 30 self-contained modules took only four days.
DCI Engineers converted the steel modules into a seismic code compliant system. They designed the mat foundation, embed plate plan, and steel manifold shapes of the modules to allow for high strength steel bolt installation.
- Building has abundant natural light, sound proof spaces, and enhanced air quality ventilation.
- ADA compliant studios are on the ground level.
- Living spaces have 9-foot tall ceilings.
- The steel modules act as the seismic force resisting system.
- Location is close to the UC Berkeley campus and a BART station.