Under the state’s Emergency Proclamation to build more affordable housing, Ralph S. Inouye  was selected by the City & Country to assist Group 70 International (G70) for the conversion of an existing abandoned dormitory into a 33-unit dormitory/SRO Housing complex to address the City’s need for low-income housing. The building complex contains a one 4-story 9,800SF building adjacent to McCully District Park. In order to maintain budget and fast track scheduling, RSI worked with G70 and the City to provide cost estimating, a constructability review, and VE ideas during pre-construction. RSI selected MEP subcontractors early on to work in collaboration with the design team to streamline the design, address long-lead material procurement, and control cost. Being in close proximity to neighboring houses and apartments, any complaints with noise or dust were addressed immediately.


Construction included a complete gut and renovation of the 4-story 9,800 SF building.  Demolition included hazardous material abatement and a complete removal and replacement of the existing roofing system. Single and multiple occupant style dormitory units were equipped sinks and refrigerators, as well as a completely new electrical, plumbing, and fire sprinkler system.  A new chairlift was installed on the exterior to provide access to ADA units on the second floor.  Interior work included new drywall, painting, windows, luxury vinyl plank flooring, ceiling systems, and doors and hardware. The project also included laundry facilities, common restroom/showers, common kitchen and community spaces, offices, and storage.  Exterior work included concrete spall repairs, new guardrails, sun shades, a pedestrian traffic coating, and utilities feeding the building. Improvements also included new site fencing, painting, railings, landscape and picnic spaces, and a decorative mural wall.