Lennar Multifamily is developing a spectacular mixed-use property on the site of the old Sherwin Williams factory in Emeryville, California. This 8-acre project will deliver office, retail and more than 500 rental homes to this small community, bordered by Berkeley, Oakland, and the San Francisco Bay.

The project is in a walkable location along a major bike thoroughfare. The project is even slated to house a fleet of shareable bikes and a bike repair facility. It retains a historical building facade, while showing two other design styles.The project will provide a mix of affordable and market-rate housing, and 15% of its units are 3-bedroom, which are meant to entice families to make homes in Emeryville. 

Aaron Nygard, one of our field engineers in Northern California, recently completed a project walk-through and was accompanied by a RealtyCom colleague who asked about the major project tasks that Aaron performs at a construction site.

  1. Reviews the key areas of the low voltage plan with service providers, such as conduit plan from pickup point to MPOE Room, MPOE Room to IDFs conduit plan, MPOE Room size and layout, IDF Closet size and layout, power requirements, location of important equipment (e.g., PFP, power supply, etc.) key lead times (e.g., how much time will it take the service provider to activate dial tone once the MPOE Room is “complete”).
  2. Inspects the wire installed from the IDF closet to the media cabinet and from the media cabinet to each outlet immediately after this work has commenced. The primary goals are to: (i) confirm that the subcontractor is installing the correct material in accordance with the low voltage plan; and (ii) following industry installation standards.
  3. Inspects the MPOE Room and IDF closets to determine status of completion necessary for provider installations, which typically involves the installation of identification posters on the walls to reserve space for each of the service providers as identified in the low voltage plans.
  4. Reviews the wiring installed between IDF closets (or AV Rooms) and TV and fitness equipment locations.

Aaron and the rest of our diligent RealtyCom construction team members go above, around, and beyond to ensure that complex telecom networks are installed to plan, which allows our clients to focus on delivering thoughtful, award-winning communities filled with satisfied residents.