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Charlotte's new multifamily mid-rise will feature exposed mass timber

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Charlotte's new multifamily mid-rise will feature exposed mass timber

Tenants of the Oxbow development will have access to e-bikes, e-scooters, and electric cars.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | May 17, 2024
Charlotte's new multifamily mid-rise will feature exposed mass timber
Rendering courtesy Space Craft, Swinerton

Construction recently kicked off for Oxbow, a mass timber multifamily community in Charlotte’s The Mill District. The $97.8 million project, consisting of 389 rental units and 14,300 sf of commercial space, sits on 4.3 acres that formerly housed four commercial buildings. The street-level retail is designed for boutiques, coffee shops, and other neighborhood services.

The structure will be composed of a two-story concrete podium housing below-grade parking, topped with a five-story hybrid structure of stick frame with cross laminated timber slab. About 50% of the structure will feature exposed mass timber ceilings using Austrian Spruce timber.

Sustainability elements include high SEER-rated HVAC systems, energy-efficient appliances, and rooftop solar panels to power amenity areas. Tenants will have access to shared e-bikes, e-scooters, and electric cars. The project is seeking a silver rating by the National Green Building Standard, the only green building rating system for homes and apartments approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Charlotte's new multifamily mid-rise will feature exposed mass timber
Rendering courtesy Space Craft, Swinerton

The 389 rental units range from studio apartments to four-bedroom units. Amenities include a gym, rooftop patio, bike storage, and a resident courtyard.

“The project is complex due to its hybrid structure and the site’s tight conditions,” says Kevin Smith, vice president, division manager of Swinerton’s Carolinas Division. Swinerton is deploying OpenSpace, a 3-D modeling technology that collects data via helmet devices during walk-throughs to deliver exact models of the space for documentation, reference, and planning. “This tool is vital to our success on this project by establishing efficiencies and maximizing precision,” Smith says.

Oxbow is Swinerton’s third endeavor with the national multifamily developer Space Craft, known for building walkable, urban communities.

Owner and/or developer: Space Craft
Design architect: Shook Kelly
Architect of record: Shook Kelly
MEP engineer: Charlotte Mechanical Engineering is the Plumbing/HVAC EOR (Design Build)
Jordan Skala is the Electrical EOR (Design Build) under our electrician (Romanoff)
Century Fire is the Fire protection EOR (Design build)
Structural engineer: Brit Peters and Associates
General contractor/construction manager: Swinerton

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