The Essex is a multiple award-winning apartment project located in Downtown Oakland on scenic Lake Merritt. Built on a constricted, urban in-fill site on the lakeshore, the project consists of 272 apartments in a 22 story, Type 1 post-tensioned concrete building with EIFS exterior cladding. Common area facilities include a business center, spa, pool, and clubhouse on an elevated garden terrace overlooking the lake and hills. The Essex is honored as the first private development constructed in Oakland of this size in over thirty years. ZCON Builders acted as the Owner's Program/Development Manager from the acquisition of the property through its entitlements and ultimately managed the construction through completion.