Like its buildings, prefab rises quickly

Like its buildings, prefab rises quickly

Just last year, developer Alan Dones had plenty of reasons to worry about his $75 million-plus mixed-use development in Oakland.

He had locked his main tenant, Alameda County, into a 30-year office lease worth $140 million. But construction costs had escalated 15 percent in each of the two years since. And construction costs had just derailed another government-related project, the Port of Oakland’s 6,000-unit parking garage, which had been forecast to come in $52 million over projections…

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