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Modular Builder Going West

April 21st, 2015 Comments off

aries_buidling_systems__mdoular_djc__credit_and_ariesHouston-based Aries Building Systems, which produces modular buildings for workforce housing, commercial applications, government, educational, healthcare and industrial sites is expanding westward to open the Pacific Northwest Major Projects Group in Bellevue Washington. Although temporary buildings comprise 20 percent of the Pacific Northwest’s business, it will focus on permanent structures for healthcare, education and government, as well as temporary construction jobsite buildings.

Kim Neill, who has been in the modular business for over 35 years, and says Aries site-designs, develops, manufactures and installs its product, states the company currently has ten projects valued at $6 million in Washington. It recently provided a school with a classroom 45 days after the initial request, as djc tells MHProNews.

While Aries has a 60,000 square foot factory in Troy, Texas, it has no plans to build a factory in the West. It currently contracts with Whitley Evergreen in Marysville, WA, Blazer, Inc. in Salem, OR, and Advanced Modular in Salt Lake City. ##

(Photo credit: djc/Aries Building Systems–modular building)

matthew-silver-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com  Article submitted by Matthew J. Silver to Daily Business News-MHProNews.

Washington Honors Six Affordable Housing Advocates

October 17th, 2014 Comments off

manufactured homes for washington fruit pickers   Dan Wheat capital press com  creditThe Housing Finance Commission (HFC) of Washington State has announced the winners of the 2014 Friend of Housing awards, including Ishbel Dickens, who was awarded the Margaret M. Sevy Affordable Housing Lifetime Achievement Award for her work with manufactured housing, according to djc.com.

 

MHProNews recalls a story posted Feb. 8, 2012 regarding a hearing called by the House Financial Services Committee to hear testimony about HUD’s implementation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act and the unintended consequences of the SAFE Act and Dodd-Frank on manufactured housing (MH). At the hearing, Ms. Dickens, who is executive director of the Manufactured Homeowners Association of America (MHOAA), used her testimony to criticize manufactured housing community owners.

Dickens is also a member of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC).

Other Friend of Housing Award winners were: Stephen Buxbaum, Mayor of Olympia; Chris Venne, senior housing developer at Community Frameworks in Bremerton; Jayne Auld, who recently retired from Spokane Housing Ventures; Adrienne Quinn, formerly of Seattle Office of Housing and now with King County Community and Human Services; Beacon Development Group, a Seattle-based affordable housing developer; and Harry Hoffman, former executive director of Housing Development Consortium.

MHProNews has been advised that the HFC is a state agency targeted to increasing housing access and affordability. Certainly, from a number of manufactured housing community owner’s perspective, whom Ms Dicken’s has referred to as ‘the enemy,’ this award will be seen as ironic. ##

Editor’s note: related story, National Manufactured Home Owners Association (NMHOA) -linked here.

(Photo credit: Dan Wheat/capitalpress.com–manufactured homes for Washington fruit pickers)

matthew-silver-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com(Submitted by Matthew J. Silver to the Daily Business News – MHProNews)

Builder Hopes Demand Rises for Modular

December 16th, 2013 Comments off

A developer of mixed-use multifamily and office buildings in Seattle, Washington says micro- housing is a good solution for housing in urban areas but it should go through the same design review as other projects. Patrick Foley of Lake Union Partners, responding to a query about affordable housing is Seattle, said: “The multifamily tax exemption and incentive zoning provide the right performance structure for developers to create affordable housing by realizing economic benefits. Many states successfully use tax increment financing to fund affordable housing and it’s unfortunate that our state’s constitution doesn’t allow for the same effectiveness of the program.” Saying modular construction is more popular in parts of Western Europe than in the U. S., Its promise of a shorter construction schedule doesn’t provide enough economic benefit to developers. Quoted in djc.com, he said, “There are feasible options for using pre-fabricated systems, such as pre-framed walls, but what is known as ‘modular construction’ is mainly used as a marketing tool for projects. Over time our hope is that modular construction becomes more mainstream and makes economic sense. Having said that, I think OneBuild’s projects and process are cool.” As MHProNews reported Oct. 16, 2013, OneBuild is constructing the modules for a 49-unit modular studio apartment building in the Belltown area of Seattle.

(Photo credit: Charter Construction–Belltown, WA)