The Kind Project — West Sacramento, CA

Simplicity of Repetition for Mass Timber Savings

The Kind Project Mass Timber Apartments Construction California US
63,000 SF
Williams + Paddon
RCP Construction, Inc.
Urban Elements
Mass Timber Supplier


The Kind Project will provide affordable housing through some of the first mass timber apartments in California. Two three-story buildings will contain 148 micro units in the Washington neighborhood, steps from local landmarks The Ziggurat, Sutter Health Park, and Tower Bridge. Common amenities will include a fitness facility and courtyards. Holmes is providing full structural engineering services.

Mass Timber Apartments The Kind Project ArchitecTURAL rENDERING

The developer sought a hyper-simple economical structure that would land an architectural statement. With these goals in mind, Holmes proposed the integration of exposed Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) elements—at the floors, mezzanine levels, and roofs—combined with light-frame wood shear walls. The usage of CLT also increased unit height (eliminating the need for ceiling joists) and significantly expedited construction. All CLT floor panels have been dropped into place. The project team installed the entire structural framing within four months, from the mat slab foundation up through the roofs.

The Kind Project Light-Wood x Mass Timber Construction Affordable Housing Units
Mass Timber x Light-Frame Wood Affordable Housing Unit in California at The Kind Project
Drone aerial of mass timber x light-frame wood construction affordable housing apartments in Calfiornia

The client also requested a straightforward, repeatable design to streamline construction on future project sites. While building footprints may change, fundamental unit sizing and materiality will remain constant. The wooden structures easily plug and play into multiple scenarios. Their simple, symmetrical layout has extremely reduced the amount of Requests for Information (RFIs) and the need for in-field adjustments. Lessons learned will further expedite construction at the next Kind Project location downtown.

Holmes Mass Timber Engineers Onsite for Mass Timber Apartment Construction

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