It is no secret that multi-family housing is dominating the construction field. Developers and contractors are doing all they can to keep up with the surge in the need for new multi-family housing projects. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the number of multi-family units in development grew fully 2 percent from 2014 to 2015. And, although the demographics of those leasing in these complexes varies, the majority of the consumers are millennials, ages 24-34.
Stonebridge Terrace is a premium luxury multi-family housing complex built within walking distance of fine dining and shopping as well as daily conveniences like a grocery store and bank. The apartments boast nine-foot ceilings, stylish modern kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, full-size washers and dryers, upgraded lighting and flooring, and oversized windows. The project owner, White/Peterman Properties, engaged the familiar team of WPM Construction Services and American Direct on many facets of the project. (WPM and American Direct had just finished working together on a similar project, Sage West Apartment High Rise in the Houston Galleria area.)
Through working together on several multi-family housing projects, WPM and American Direct have developed a close and efficient working relationship, which they applied to the Stonebridge Terrace project. The owner tasked American Direct with designing the door, frame and hardware specifications. American Direct’s good/better/best product suggestion list provided the owner a host of choices for functionality.
One of the highlights on the Sage West project was one-credential access control using a keyfob. The access control at Stonebridge Terrace was designed with the same concept, where the keyfob that a resident uses to access a unit is the same keyfob that accesses the amenity rooms (the fitness center, for example) and garage parking. Resident turnover for apartment complexes is fairly high, so when a resident moves out, the keyfob is reprogrammed for the next resident. If a keyfob is lost, the keyfob can be replaced and the access control system quickly reprogrammed to refuse the signal from the lost keyfob, just in case it is found by someone other than the owner.
The access control system for Stonebridge Terrace was a turnkey project for American Direct. Their installers were responsible for not only the installation of the electronic equipment, but also for training the end users, including programming the keyfobs.