Clark Pacific programs a robust design tool for a hot market

Precast/prestressed producer and design/build specialist Clark Pacific, West Sacramento, Calif., has launched CP Campus Housing, a set of integrated structural and façade components that maximize flexibility for Type I dormitory or apartment projects, and enable more owners and designers to leverage off-site construction for cost and schedule savings plus reduced campus disruption.


Clark Pacific equips CP Campus Housing with standard components: structural precast and integrated enclosure framed panel with preinstalled windows; internal structural frame; three different prefabricated and factory-topped slabs to accommodate mechanical, electrical and plumbing; plus, provisions for floor-to-floor heights equivalent to other systems.

“Traditionally, each new campus housing project is approached as completely new, yet when you compare projects side by side, there is very little variance in the structure and layout,” says Clark Pacific Director of Corporate Development Roy Griffith. “With CP Campus Housing, our custom manufactured systems are designed to work together to provide a cost competitive and durable building with minimal site disruption.”

In addition to a set of standardized components, CP Campus Housing also includes the Collaborative Design Interface, a rapid design tool that leverages those components and provides schematic student housing designs. With a prefabricated structural design in hand, designers can then focus on building aesthetics and unique project needs that add value.

“Owners tell us that they want to use more prefabrication and off-site construction in their projects but don’t know where to begin,” notes Griffith. “CP Campus Housing makes it easy to start designing for prefabrication and brings prefabricated campus housing projects to market in less time, with less risk and with greater cost certainty.”

While owners and design teams are aware of its benefits, he adds, many design-build teams are not familiar with designing for prefabrication. By standardizing on the structural and integrated façade components and simplifying the approach to prefabricated student housing, CP Campus Housing accelerates the learning curve for designers who are unfamiliar with prefabrication and gives owners the advantage of a prefabricated structural design early in the project. —