Patents Assigned to Katerra, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10975562
    Abstract: In one aspect, a smart corner is provided that can be prefabricated. The smart corner comprises a rear side including a first hole, a first side including a second hole, a second side including a third hole, and a top. A wall frame is also provided. The wall frame includes a top plate, a bottom plate, studs, and four smart corners. A framing system is also provided comprising at least two wall frames. The at least two wall frames connect via the smart corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Darrin Griechen, Robert Stanford
  • Publication number: 20210095479
    Abstract: A Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) joint is provided that can be used to connect at least two CLT components such as CLT panels. The CLT panel can be prefabricated and pre-assembled, and can be easily and quickly installed. The CLT joint includes a first CLT component and a second CLT component. The first CLT component includes a recessed channel. The second CLT component includes a grooved extension. The grooved extension and the recessed channel have complimentary patterns. The grooved extension is configured to nest within the recessed channel. The CLT panel includes a first CLT side and a second CLT side. The first CLT side includes a recessed channel. The second CLT side may be opposite the first CLT side and includes a grooved extension. The grooved extension and the recessed channel have complimentary patterns. A CLT panel system is also provided comprising a plurality of CLT panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Applicant: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Johannes SCHNEIDER, Robert MALCZYK
  • Publication number: 20210078047
    Abstract: Lumber sorting systems and methods that use adaptive lumber management to tailor the distribution of lumber to improve the yield and aesthetic properties of a product are disclosed. An adaptive lumber management system in accordance with the present disclosure may comprise a lumber scanner configured to record one or more characteristics of each board and create a data file for each board comprising information regarding the characteristic of the board. A processor may be configured to determine a target tray for each board based on the data files. The processor may be further configured to generate at least one mapping. The system may further comprise a sorting mechanism configured to sort the plurality of boards into their respective target trays and at least one tipple configured to select each board or the plurality of boards from the plurality of trays according to the at least one mapping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Brent David OLSON, Carl Daniel MORROW, Mengzhe GU, Sam HERMANN, William August HOILES, Gary FONG
  • Patent number: 10941546
    Abstract: A Mechanical Electrical Plumbing (MEP) tunnel is provided. The MEP tunnel includes a rear side, a first side, and a second side. The MEP tunnel is configured to be disposed in a wall frame. The MEP tunnel may also include a plurality of tubing used for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing utilities. The MEP tunnel is connected to the wall frame via two mechanical devices. The MEP tunnel can move up and down between a raised position and a lowered position in the wall frame via two tracks in the MEP tunnel and the two mechanical devices. The MEP tunnel remains in the raised position during shipping and lowered at the completion of installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Darrin Griechen, Robert Stanford
  • Publication number: 20210062520
    Abstract: A double plate floor panel is provided. The double plate floor panel includes a first panel, a second panel, and a plurality of connectors. The first panel has a first plurality of recesses on a first surface, and the second panel has a second plurality of recesses on a second surface. Each connector of the plurality of connectors inserts into a recess of the first plurality of recess and a recess of the second plurality of recesses. The connectors are sandwiched between the first surface of the first panel and the second surface of the second panel. A method of assembling the double plate floor panel is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicant: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Todd BEYREUTHER, Daniel KOEBERL, Gary FONG
  • Publication number: 20210032858
    Abstract: A shear wall assembly is provided. The assembly includes a first anchor, a second anchor, a third anchor, a first bolt, a second bolt, a seismic fuse, and a rod. Each anchor includes a hollow tubular body including a first open end, a second open end, an interior including female threads, and an exterior including male threads. Each bolt includes a head and a shank. The shank includes male threads. The shank extends through an open end of an anchor. The male threads of the bolt engage with the female threads of the anchor. The seismic fuse is configured to receive the heads of the bolts and includes a hole. The rod includes an end with male threads. The rod extends through the hole of the seismic fuse into the open end of an anchor. The male threads of the rod engage with the female threads an anchor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Todd BEYREUTHER, Daniel KOEBERL, Darrin GRIECHEN
  • Patent number: 10897138
    Abstract: A switch has a first input to couple to an AC electrical power source, a second input to couple to a DC electrical power source, and an output to couple to an electrical power load. A control module transmits a signal to the electrical power load to determine whether the electrical power load uses AC electrical power or DC electrical power, and receives in response thereto an indication that the electrical power load uses one of AC electrical power and DC electrical power. The control module then transmits a signal to the switch to configure the switch to receive electrical power from one of the AC electrical power source and the DC electrical power source and transmit the received electrical power to the electrical power load, responsive to the received indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Katerra, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Brathwaite, Jumie Yuventi, Bahman Sharifipour, Mark Thomas
  • Publication number: 20200400529
    Abstract: Semi-automated testing devices for a plumbing stack are disclosed. A semi-automated testing device in accordance with the present disclosure may comprise a transfer pump configured to automatically fill the plumbing stack; at least one automated gripping element configured to grip a supplemental pipe coupled to a pipe of the plumbing stack via a connection; at least one automated sealing element configured to seal the connection; and at least one sensor configured to measure a water level of the supplemental piping. A method of testing the plumbing stack with the semi-automated testing device is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Applicant: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Cerenzia, Aaron Baker, Ramon Cardona, Braden Barranco
  • Publication number: 20200367650
    Abstract: A cleat connector for mounting a cabinet is provided including a substantially cylindrical body and a slot. The substantially cylindrical body has a perimeter and a diameter that corresponds to an opening in a back of a cabinet. The slot extends from the perimeter partially into the body. A cabinet and method of installation is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Applicant: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Grunert, Will Root, Mark Buhr, Donald Shultz, Kyle DeHaven
  • Publication number: 20200332529
    Abstract: A kitchen kit is provided including a utility tower, infrastructure panels, and finishes. The kitchen kit allows each pre-fabricated component to provide a datum and alignment for the following component. The kitchen kit allows rapid installment of a kitchen with minimal to no measurement and alignment on site. A method of installing the kitchen kit is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Applicant: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Stanford, Stan Love, Darrin Griechen, James Mehlos
  • Publication number: 20200327795
    Abstract: A monitoring and control system receives input indicating occupancy state of a user with regard to a designated area, or a plurality of areas therein or portions thereof. The system further receives, from one or more of a plurality of sensing capable devices of, or in communication with, the monitoring and control system, input indicating a respective event involving the user entering or exiting the designated area, or an area therein or portion thereof, the sensing capable devices situated on or near the user, within the designated area, or in one or more of the plurality of areas therein, or portions thereof. The system transmits a message to the user responsive to the respective event involving the user entering or exiting the designated area and the occupancy state of the user with regard to the designated area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: Katerra, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Burke, Brian Joseph Reeves, Paul Edward Reeves
  • Patent number: 10790662
    Abstract: An electrical power distribution system includes a number of alternating current (AC) power output ports to transmit electrical power at a first fixed AC voltage level to a corresponding number of AC power loads. An AC bus coupled to the AC power output ports, and to couple to an AC power grid, transmits electrical power at a second fixed AC voltage level. A DC bus transmits electrical power at a first fixed DC voltage level. A number of AC power input/output (I/O) adapters are coupled to the AC bus and the DC bus, each including a bidirectional AC-to-DC (AC/DC) converter to receive and convert the electrical power transmitted on the AC bus at the second fixed AC voltage level to the electrical power at the first fixed DC voltage level for transmission to the DC bus, and to receive and convert the electrical power transmitted on the DC bus at the first fixed DC voltage level to the electrical power at the second fixed AC voltage level for transmission to the AC bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Katerra, Inc.
    Inventors: Bahman Sharifipour, Mark Thomas
  • Patent number: 10787832
    Abstract: An apparatus to connect two mass timber (CLT, LVL, or other configurations) shear wall panels, comprising a high load deformation capacity steel connector, wherein the connector comprises a high stiffness that shifts to a low stiffness during a high intensity earthquake or significant wind loading event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Katerra, Inc.
    Inventors: Hans-Erik Blomgren, James Daniel Dolan
  • Publication number: 20200265175
    Abstract: A user configurable modular building system is provided. The user configurable modular building system includes a plurality of assemblies, a plurality of units, and a plurality of blocks. The plurality of assemblies includes a plurality of building components that perform building functions. Assemblies are selected from the plurality of assemblies to form a plurality of units. The plurality of units includes studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom units with different layouts of the selected assemblies. Units are selected from the plurality of units to form a plurality of blocks. The blocks are portions of a building. Blocks are selected to form the building based on a mix and layout of units. A method of designing a building system and a non-transitory computer-readable medium configured to perform steps to design a building system are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicant: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Jay MARTIN, Peter SPRUANCE, Hill PIERCE, Josh LAFRENIERE, Libby SO, Peter WOLFF, Shane HERZER, Leroy TUNG, Katie BLESSER, David REDDING, Eric ROBERTS, Matthew Marc GRUNERT, Kristin JENSEN, Cameron MARSHALL, Shannon QIN, Christine KIEFER, Queena YI, Mike Dickson MILLS, Eva TALBOT, Roumeng WANG, Rochelle HILL, Lief FRIEDRICHS, Robert SMITH, Linda COPPA, Luis Pascual RODENAS GARCIA, Austin CUDWORTH, Ethan JENNERICH, Aubrey DAVIDSON, Sean DARNELL, Michael WEINERT, Aaron SCOTT, Gabriela GERINSKA, Michelle HA, Sam GIOIA, Joe LLONA, Nadav BITTAN
  • Publication number: 20200265172
    Abstract: A user configurable modular building system is provided. The user configurable modular building system includes a plurality of assemblies, a plurality of units, and a plurality of blocks. The plurality of assemblies includes a plurality of building components that perform building functions. Assemblies are selected from the plurality of assemblies to form a plurality of units. The plurality of units includes studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom units with different layouts of the selected assemblies. Units are selected from the plurality of units to form a plurality of blocks. The blocks are portions of a building. Blocks are selected to form the building based on a mix and layout of units. A method of designing a building system and a non-transitory computer-readable medium configured to perform steps to design a building system are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicant: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Jay MARTIN, Peter SPRUANCE, Hill PIERCE, Josh LAFRENIERE, Libby SO, Peter WOLFF, Shane HERZER, Leroy TUNG, Katie BLESSER, David REDDING, Eric ROBERTS, Matthew Marc GRUNERT, Kristin JENSEN, Cameron MARSHALL, Shannon QIN, Christine KIEFER, Queena YI, Mike Dickson MILLS, Eva TALBOT, Roumeng WANG, Rochelle HILL, Lief FRIEDRICHS, Robert SMITH, Linda COPPA, Luis Pascual RODENAS GARCIA, Austin CUDWORTH, Ethan JENNERICH, Aubrey DAVIDSON, Sean DARNELL, Michael WEINERT, Aaron SCOTT, Gabriela GERINSKA, Michelle HA, Sam GIOIA, Joe LLONA, Nadav BITTAN
  • Publication number: 20200265174
    Abstract: A user configurable modular building system is provided. The user configurable modular building system includes a plurality of assemblies, a plurality of units, and a plurality of blocks. The plurality of assemblies includes a plurality of building components that perform building functions. Assemblies are selected from the plurality of assemblies to form a plurality of units. The plurality of units includes studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom units with different layouts of the selected assemblies. Units are selected from the plurality of units to form a plurality of blocks. The blocks are portions of a building. Blocks are selected to form the building based on a mix and layout of units. A method of designing a building system and a non-transitory computer-readable medium configured to perform steps to design a building system are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicant: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Jay MARTIN, Peter SPRUANCE, Hill PIERCE, Josh LAFRENIERE, Libby SO, Peter WOLFF, Shane HERZER, Leroy TUNG, Katie BLESSER, David REDDING, Eric ROBERTS, Matthew Marc GRUNERT, Kristin JENSEN, Cameron MARSHALL, Shannon QIN, Christine KIEFER, Queena YI, Mike Dickson MILLS, Eva TALBOT, Roumeng WANG, Rochelle HILL, Lief FRIEDRICHS, Robert SMITH, Linda COPPA, Luis Pascual RODENAS GARCIA, Austin CUDWORTH, Ethan JENNERICH, Aubrey DAVIDSON, Sean DARNELL, Michael WEINERT, Aaron SCOTT, Gabriela GERINSKA, Michelle HA, Sam GIOIA, Joe LLONA, Nadav BITTAN
  • Publication number: 20200265173
    Abstract: A user configurable modular building system is provided. The user configurable modular building system includes a plurality of assemblies, a plurality of units, and a plurality of blocks. The plurality of assemblies includes a plurality of building components that perform building functions. Assemblies are selected from the plurality of assemblies to form a plurality of units. The plurality of units includes studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom units with different layouts of the selected assemblies. Units are selected from the plurality of units to form a plurality of blocks. The blocks are portions of a building. Blocks are selected to form the building based on a mix and layout of units. A method of designing a building system and a non-transitory computer-readable medium configured to perform steps to design a building system are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicant: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Jay MARTIN, Peter SPRUANCE, Hill PIERCE, Josh LAFRENIERE, Libby SO, Peter WOLFF, Shane HERZER, Leroy TUNG, Katie BLESSER, David REDDING, Eric ROBERTS, Matthew Marc GRUNERT, Kristin JENSEN, Cameron MARSHALL, Shannon QIN, Christine KIEFER, Queena YI, Mike Dickson MILLS, Eva TALBOT, Roumeng WANG, Rochelle HILL, Lief FRIEDRICHS, Robert SMITH, Linda COPPA, Luis Pascual RODENAS GARCIA, Austin CUDWORTH, Ethan JENNERICH, Aubrey DAVIDSON, Sean DARNELL, Michael WEINERT, Aaron SCOTT, Gabriela GERINSKA, Michelle HA, Sam GIOIA, Joe LLONA, Nadav BITTAN
  • Patent number: 10742030
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to power distribution systems. A power distribution system may include a switching unit configured to receive power from a plurality of sources, each source of the plurality of sources configured to supply power at a phase offset from a phase of every other source. The power distribution system may also include a plurality of loads. Furthermore, the power distribution system may include at least one monitoring unit configured to selectively couple, via the switching unit, each load of the plurality of loads to a source of the plurality of sources based on at least one of a current power demand of the plurality of loads and a predicted demand of the plurality of loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KATERRA INC.
    Inventor: Bahman Sharifipour
  • Publication number: 20200224458
    Abstract: A door locking apparatus is provided including a first plate, a second plate, a front assembly, a lock clip, and at least one control. The first plate includes at least one vertical slot. The lock clip is rotatably attached to the front assembly and includes at least one horizontal slot in a first end. The at least one control is mounted to the first plate and includes at least one protrusion. The at least one protrusion projects through the at least on vertical slot and through the at least one horizontal slot. The at least one control moves vertically between a first position and a second position. The lock clip is in an open position when the at least one control is in the first position and a locked position when the at least one control is in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Applicant: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Will Root, Michael Martin Uhl, Alex Couweleers
  • Patent number: 10713922
    Abstract: A monitoring and control system receives input indicating occupancy state of a user with regard to a designated area, or a plurality of areas therein or portions thereof. The system further receives, from one or more of a plurality of sensing capable devices of, or in communication with, the monitoring and control system, input indicating a respective event involving the user entering or exiting the designated area, or an area therein or portion thereof, the sensing capable devices situated on or near the user, within the designated area, or in one or more of the plurality of areas therein, or portions thereof. The system transmits a message to the user responsive to the respective event involving the user entering or exiting the designated area and the occupancy state of the user with regard to the designated area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Katerra, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Burke, Brian Joseph Reeves, Paul Edward Reeves