Six-Story Condominium Project

Downtown Lafayette
Six-Story Condominium Project

30 Seconds to BART

Bay Area General Contractor Thompson Builders, in partnership with developer KB Home and architect KTGY, has broken ground on a high-end, 69-unit condominium project located in the heart of downtown Lafayette, California—a half-minute walk from the local BART station.

“This location makes it super ideal for a condo building. For East Bay folks, buying one of these units would be fantastic,” says Chris Van Tiem, Thompson project manager for the job. “The building backs up to Happy Valley Creek, which is even running now in early fall. These are going to be some high dollar units when we’re done with them.”

In recent years, Lafayette has become a sought-after town for Bay Area leisurely living. It’s home to Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants Artisan Bistro and Chevalier, fitness offerings ranging from equestrian to yoga, numerous local eateries and boutiques—not to mention easy access to nature preserves and public schools all scoring a 10 out of 10 rating.

The six-story building, at the terminus of Dewing Avenue, will feature below ground parking, parking at grade and four levels of condos with unit sizes starting from 1300 sq. ft.

“In addition to pedestrian access, there’s stone around the bottom levels of the building, large windows, sweeping gable roofs. The landscaping has decorative pavers matching the sidewalks of downtown Lafayette, a couple of fountains, public artwork, even a climbing rock for residents. From the architect’s renderings, it looks like a really nice lodge.”

Credit where credit is due

Thompson Builders broke ground for owner KB Home on Aug. 18. “They gave us the contract and said go!” jokes Van Tiem. “We’ve actually developed a really strong working relationship with KB Home. I worked with this owner on another Thompson street condominium project at 72 Townsend in San Francisco. While I was managing that project, KB Home asked us to put in a bid for the build in Lafayette. Ultimately, we secured this project because of our performance at 72 Townsend.”

With a contract amount of $23.5 million, Thompson Builders is pouring about 5,500 cubic yards of post-tension concrete and putting up four floors of wood framing. To complete the below ground parking, Thompson had to excavate 19,000 cubic yards of dirt. “We also put up a soldier beam and lagging perimeter shoring system, and we’re going to be putting up a tower crane, which we’ll be operating ourselves,” confirms Van Tiem.

In addition to project manager Van Tiem, Thompson Builders Senior Vice President Joe Hass is overseeing a portion of the job, Vice President Lee Jones is handling estimating, Bill Devers is the site superintendent, Jake Thomas is the project engineer and Antishia Wright is on-site administrator.

“This high-end condominium is a sharp-looking building. I’d really like to lend credit to the City of Lafayette and the architects at KTGY for making this happen,” concludes Van Tiem.

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