Lee and Edward discuss how they met Stanford’s design criteria requirements and balanced them to meet Federal Fair Housing building codes.
The following is a transcript of the video "Stanford Housing Criteria Federal Code Requirements & Life Cycle Assessment: A PCBC Conversation" :
Kenneth: I want to talk a little bit about Stanford and the housing experience that they expect for their students. Can you talk a little about what Stanford expects for the people who are going to live in their building.
Lee: Well, first of all, the universities and any for rent properties in America have to meet federal Fair Housing Act along with California building code, which W.L. Hickey and Sons is very well familiar with. We had a design criteria that we had to meet, a dimensional criteria, and then they're also looking for a life-cycle assessment. And...
Kenneth: Can you elaborate on the life-cycle assessment? How does Stanford communicate that to you? Do they have a whole program? Can you talk a little more...I want to hear a little more about that.
Lee: Well, I'm going to start at the architectural firms. And the design-build team develop products that will make the life-cycle assessment. They all have a value for a building, and it's a monetary consideration that the building has to last for a certain amount of time. Would you agree with that?
Edward: I totally agree, yeah.
Lee: And they use materials that will give them, you know, a 20 year, 30 year, property without having to go back and redo many parts of the building, the bathroom especially, because historically, students use the showers a lot.
Edward: I have to say, as a plumbing contractor, another thing that we like very much, and Stanford liked, was the fact that they give a 30-year warranty on their product, which is unusual in this industry.
Kenneth: This is something that Bestbath does...
Edward: Under the Bestbath...
Kenneth: ...that other manufacturers don't do.
Lee: Well, some of the manufacturers are trying to, yes, yes. But, like I said, we've been around for 40 years, 40 plus years, and we are truly a commercial grade product. We don't do entry level homes. We're a privately owned company, we're not held with stockholders, we're not building our product to a price point. We build it to a quality specification and that's where we earn the trust of companies like W.L. Hickey Sons and many of the other contractors that work within the San Francisco Bay area.