August Snapshot: Virtual Design and Construction, KOVA Commercial Systems, Project Updates, & More

Katerra Snapshot is a monthly series highlighting updates and progress across Katerra’s portfolio of work. This month highlights the projects, products, and technology driving our work today and our vision of the future.

Transforming Construction

Construction is at the heart of Katerra’s work. Delivering the sites and structures that help to shape and improve our communities is something we care deeply about.

This boots-on-the-ground experience and expertise informs how we approach every aspect of our work. Projects, from new construction to renovation, a wide array of products including windows and mass timber, and, perhaps most excitingly, the technologies we deploy to improve the efficiency and coordination we can offer our clients.

Technology means many things at Katerra, from manufacturing automation to enterprise software systems, material science, and field technologies. This month we want to share deeper insight into one of the technologies that infuses our construction practices, as well as the people and projects that bring it to life.

Learn more about our capabilities and approach.

Transforming construction through technology – every process and every product.

The Katerra Mission

Virtual Design and Construction (VDC)

Planning and execution of a construction project hinges on the quality of the underlying data. VDC creates radical transparency across the entire construction process chain by capturing and communicating a project design, every part and piece, down to the smallest detail. It is a powerful collaboration platform for teams across the entire scope of a project, from design and engineering through to field sub-contractors.

Katerra has woven VDC into the fabric of our construction process because it results in more timely, precise delivery of projects, while also reducing re-work and waste throughout the project life cycle. Watch our new video feature to learn more about how we use VDC.

Project Highlight: Society Phoenix

Society Phoenix is the latest realization of developer PMG’s new concept for multifamily living: modern, urban, co-living communities designed to provide elevated living at “rents within reach.” Katerra is proud to help play a part in the Society Apartment Community mission to “connect and elevate neighbors through reasonably priced housing that delivers an inclusive and inspiring shared living experience.”

Learn more about Society Phoenix and other projects in our Project Profiles.

Society Phoenix Tops Off August 20,2020
Society Phoenix Topping Off – August 20, 2020

The People Behind the Projects

Our continuing Job Dive series highlights a few of the people with feet on the ground bringing Katerra projects to life. Samara Stallings, Project Engineer in the Southwest region among them.

Samara is currently working on our One Camelback project in downtown Phoenix.

Check out the entire Job Dive series.

California Adopts International Building Code (ICC) Tall Timber Building Standards

Earlier this month, the California Building Standards Commission voted unanimously to adopt IBC code that allows for tall mass timber buildings of up to 18 stories, paving the way for more efficient, sustainable solutions, for residential and commercial buildings.

As part of the ICC Ad Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings, Katerra has been a vocal advocate for the adoption of the “Tall Wood Building Code,” and we continue to support mass timber performance testing to help validate new code adoption.  Learn more about the fire, seismic, and performance of Katerra Mass Timber.

KOVA Modular Conference Kit

KOVA Modular Conference Room System in the Running for a 2020 Dezeen Design Award

The KOVA Modular Conference Room (MCR) was recognized by Dezeen and is in the running for their 2020 Design Award in recognition of its groundbreaking approach to workplace design.

Now, more than ever, workplaces need flexible, easy to design and deploy solutions to help reinvent the purpose of office space.  Designed around a flexible, modular kit of parts that can be easily deployed, a KOVA MCR can be disassembled, moved, and redeployed in new spaces or new designs. Learn more about KOVA Commercial Systems.

Lord Aeck Sargent (LAS) Helps Bring Atlanta’s Historic Howard Middle School Back to Life

Lord Aeck Sargent (LAS) Helps Renovate and Reimagine the Historic Howard Middle School

Before it was closed in 1976, Atlanta’s Howard Middle School helped educate some of the brightest minds of the 20th century, including the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. After more than 40 years of neglect, Atlanta Public Schools selected Katerra Architecture partner Lord Aeck Sargent in collaboration with Stevens & Wilkinson to renovate and re-design the school for the 21st century. The project has brought to life a vibrant, multi-functional learning space that is at once modern and respectful to the school’s history. Learn more about the project.

The reimagined Howard Middle School purposefully embraces the city and the neighborhood it serves with connections to the BeltLine Eastside Trail and the Freedom Park Trail. Faculty are preparing the building for a more traditional return to school post-COVID. Read about the school’s reopening.

Addressing Global Housing Needs

Here is a look at our Hajar Project Site for the Ministry of Housing in Saudi Arabia. Like most businesses, we faced constraints due to COVID-19; however, our team, with support from our partners, were dedicated to completing the project on time. Our onsite factory was set-up in 2 months and has factory manufactured over 184 villas this quarter.

August Project Updates


Kenect – Topping Off

A new take on urban living, Kenect Phoenix is “a social club with residences” that will deliver 320 units in a live-work-play community that includes 8000 sq ft of retail. Katerra Construction recently topped off this 23-story high rise — ahead of schedule. Learn about the team helping bring this project to life.

Cameron Square
Cameron Square in Alexandria VA


Cameron Square – Complete

Cameron Square is a mixed-use complex recently completed in Alexandria, Virginia, with 302 units, 20,000 square feet of retail space, and 415 parking spaces in a below grade cast-in-place garage. The apartment complex is National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Bronze-certified. Amenities include a 5,000 square-foot leasing and fitness center, a 4,000 square-foot club-room, pool, and two elevated courtyards, including fire pits, outdoor kitchens, and arbors. The Cameron Square Apartments community was developed by Novare Group in partnership with Mulberry Development and Preferred Apartment Communities. Learn More about this project.


Catbird Hotel Denver – Topping Off

Katerra celebrated topping off the Catbird Hotel in Denver’s RiNo district on August 21. The 8-story, 165-unit building will blur the line between hotel and home with an extended stay option heavy on creature comforts and a focus on live-work spaces.

Catbird Hotel in Denver’s RiNo District

Solis Carraway


Solis Carraway – Complete

Construction is complete on Solis Carraway, a Green Certified (NAHB Bronze) Building. Katerra is proud to have been a part of Phase I & II of @Terwilliger Pappas Parkview development in Chamblee GA. Learn more about this beautiful, mixed-use project.

New Jersey

Canopy by Hilton Jersey City – Complete

Katerra Northeast recently completed an addition to Canopy, Hilton’s modern boutique hotel experience. The Jersey City project a 10-story, 130,551 square-foot luxury hotel in the Waterfront district includes 211 guest rooms, two conference room, lobby area with great room, bar, guest kitchen and dining area. The project also includes two retail spaces.

Canopy by Hilton Jersey City
Canopy by Hilton in Jersey City NJ

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