Multi-family projects are growing up. Literally. The days of the three-story, garden-style walkup are behind us and the 300+ unit Podiums and Wraps are today’s standard for apartment projects in the Bay Area. Even now, it seems like four stories of wood over two levels of concrete is a quaint concept from the early ‘teens. Five floors of type IIIA construction over three or four levels of steel and concrete are popping up trying to take full advantage of every square foot of footprint. These projects are more and more complex, requiring more and more code compliance, fire ratings, acoustical considerations, and coordination between trades and disciplines.
As owners, architects, engineers, contractors, and code officials try to muddle through these new challenges, bringing on an expert drywall contractor to assist with the design can be a value-added strategy.