Truckee Artist Lofts

Artist/Workforce Haven: Community builds affordable housing via modular solution

Designed as affordable workforce housing for artists, Truckee Artist Lofts is a two-building development built from pre-manufactured modular sections. Each building is four-stories and combined has a total of 77 housing units. 45 modules (containing building sections of living units and corridors) were stacked to create each building. There is 3,735-sf of ground level retail, community space, art and band rooms.

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Truckee, California
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Commercial, Modular, Multi-Family Residential
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Primary Material:
Concrete, Steel, Masonry, Wood

DCI Engineers was the structural engineer of record for the site-built portion of the project, as well as the modular framing plan. The site-built podium is a combination of concrete, steel, wood construction topped by a concrete-filled steel deck roof. The gravity framing consists of engineered wood and light framed wood, steel framing, and concrete slab-on-grade. The lateral force resisting system for the modular portion includes plywood shear walls (vertical distributions in the traverse direction) and concrete shear walls in the longitudinal direction.

Project Highlights

  • DCI’s detailed drawing sets for the site-built portion and modular framing system helped the project team meet the aggressive completion schedule, particularly when completing the installation within an extremely restricted weather window unique to the Sierra Nevada area (arrivals of early winters and late springs).
  • The project’s relatively remote location provided fewer opportunities for on-site labor, another challenge that modular construction resolved.
  • Truckee Artist Lofts is an infill development.

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