Light Gauge Steel Construction Saves Time and Costs
Modera Katy Trail, a 14-story multifamily tower with 217 apartment homes at 5350 McKinney Ave. in Uptown Dallas, recently topped off. Developed by Mill Creek Residential and designed by BKV Group, the community is expected to welcome its first residents in spring 2022.
BKV Group employed a light gauge steel construction process in the design and delivery of the tower. An innovative approach for the Dallas market, light gauge steel construction was selected based on BKV Group’s research into zoning, codes and building technology, and through collaboration with contractors to identify the most cost-efficient and high-density system for the site. Employing this tactic allowed BKV Group to satisfy the developer’s vision for the project while saving time, lowering construction costs and reducing the building’s carbon footprint.
“BKV Group’s informed approach to the design and construction of Modera Katy Trail allowed us to build a high-quality residential community with a cohesive aesthetic both inside and out,” said Kevin Hickman, vice president of development in North Texas at Mill Creek Residential. “With the use of light gauge steel construction, we were able to save both time and money while also keeping the overall vision of the development.”
Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM.
In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.