Posts Tagged ‘modular building’

“The Tesla of Housing” Claims Dutch Architect Knijtijzer

May 24th, 2016 1 comment

Dutch_modular__curbed_slash_finch_buildingsDutch architect Jurrian Knijtijzer has developed a stackable and addable, modular building system for homes, offices, clinics or schools that is also 95 percent recyclable. Made of sustainable lumber from a tree farm—his company, Finch Buildings, plants a tree for every one they cut down–builds the 13 ft. X 33 ft. modules that can be attached Dutch_modulars__finch_buildings__curbed_the_publicationvertically or horizontally, up to a seven-story building.

Each module can be further sub-divided utilizing walls or screens, or outfitted with a modular kitchen or bath, as curbed tells MHProNews.

Knijtijzer envisions his module as a basic eco-friendly building block with multiple applications, stating, “I like to say we are the Tesla of housing,” in an interview with Mark Magazine.

Finch is currently involved in two large scale projects in Amsterdam—one is offices, the other is housing. ##

(Image credit:curbed/Finch Buildings)

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

Oklahoma City to Have First Modular Hotel

May 20th, 2016 Comments off

Oklahoma_city__modular_AC_Hotel__modularhomecoach__creditHotel development and management firm Newcrestimage is partnering with Guerdon Modular Buildings to construct a 142-room AC Hotel Bricktown in Oklahoma City, reports modularhomecoach to MHProNews.

The first floor of the building will be conventional construction, followed by four floors of 81 modules built by Guerdon at their plant in Boise, Idaho, and trucked over and lifted by cranes into place, beginning in Oct. 2016.

All rooms and finishes will be done according to AC Hotel specifications reflecting stylish, European-inspired accommodations. This will be the city’s first modular built hotel, and contributes to the revival of the Bricktown neighborhood. The hotel is set to open June 2017.

Newcrestimage is known for developing distinctive hotels, which it builds and manages out of its headquarters in Dallas. The privately-owned firm owns and operates 19 properties, with another dozen hotels in some stage of building.

Guerdon develops large scale modular construction projects and multifamily housing in the western U. S. and Canada. ##

(Image credit: modularhomecoach–AC Hotel Bricktown, Oklahoma City)

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

Modular Container Housing to House At Risk Women and Families in Vancouver

May 18th, 2016 Comments off

Vancouver__modular__atira_womens_resource_center_credit__imageMHProNews has learned the seven story modular housing complex made from old shipping containers rising in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia is headed up by the non-profit Atira Women’s Resource Center, which already has a 12 unit modular building providing housing for women in town. This 21-unit housing project is for women and their families, according to

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said, “We know the housing market is very difficult for people on low and fixed incomes and we urgently need creative projects built at low cost.”

The building will include seven micro units and 14 two-bedroom units with community space and retail on the ground floor, as requested by the Strathcona Residents Association. The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation is contributing $600,000 to the project. Other community groups involved in the project include Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services, Sheway, and Watar.

MHProNews reported May 13, 2016 another project involving affordable modular housing in Vancouver is divided into two separate sites. One on High St. will have 40-80 micro units, each with its own kitchen and bath. The other modular complex will have 40 units but with a shared kitchen. ##

(Image credit: Atira Women’s Resource Center–modular housing complex)

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

Modular Apartment Building Set within Two Days

February 22nd, 2016 Comments off

Ohio_athens__athensnews_dennis_powell__modular_units_being_sited_in_athensChrist Lutheran Church in Athens, Ohio is behind the building of the three-story modular apartment building next to the church, as athensnews informs MHProNews. The six modules that comprise the three four-bedroom apartments, a product of Unibuilt Modular Homes of Vandalia, Ohio, will be ready for occupancy by May 1. The apartment building was sited within two days.

Merl Almquist, manager of the project, said rental income will go toward debt service, with profit going for benevolent uses. A second modular building, with three three-bedroom apartments, will begin siting in early March. ##

(Photo credit: athensnews/Dennis Powell–modular apartment building in Athens, Ohio.)

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

Modular Builder Capsys closing Brooklyn Navy Yards Facility

December 14th, 2015 Comments off

micro_modular_apts__nyc__real_estate_weekly_online_com__by_capsysIn Brooklyn for nearly 20 years, modular builder Capsys will close their manufacturing plant in Brooklyn’s Atlantic Navy yards, laying off 54 union employees, according to what Crain’s New York tells biztimes, as the company looks for a more affordable location.

As MHProNews published March 12, 2014, Tom O’Hara, the director of business development for Capsys, said, noting the conservation that results from modular building, “We can do a unique airflow test on each of our modules that is not possible in traditional building. We essentially suck the air out of an apartment and measure the difference between the exterior and interior. As a result our buildings are 100 per cent more airtight than required – simply because the corners are actually square and flush.

Capsys built the modules for the 55-unit micro modular apartment building in NYC, as MHProNews reported April 3 2014, as well as for the Forest City Ratner modular complex at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. Additionally, Capsys built the six-story, 80 module MacDougal St. Apartments complex in NYC, as MHProNews reported June 1, 2012.

Capsys may be selling the name and the intellectual property to a modular builder in Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, New York City plans to spend $140 million to develop the one million square-feet that Capsys will be vacating. ##

(Image credit: realestateweekly-micro modular apartments built by Capsys in NYC)

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

Green Building is Growing

December 3rd, 2015 Comments off

green_building__modularhomecoach__creditDespite the cost of building/remodeling green as a potential barrier, a high percentage of home builders and remodelers are already building green and expect the trend to continue, according to modularhomecoach, noting it is not the Millennials driving the market but the 55 and older group. Consumers’ association with green building as healthier and better for the environment will continue to power the trend.

A study that surveyed 232 builders and remodelers across the country revealed that 54 percent of builders are currently constructing at least 16 percent of their homes as green. 39 percent of remodelers say 16 percent of their projects are green.

The 2015 Dodge Data and Analytics study also reports that by 2020, 51 percent of home builders expect to build at least 60 percent of their homes green.

Remodelers anticipate by 2020, nearly three-fourths of them will be making at least 16 percent of their projects green, and 36 percent will complete over 60 percent of their work as green. 83 percent of builders and remodelers believe consumers will be willing to pay for healthier homes.

Another factor that will lead to a growing green market is the increasing use of renewable technologies that can save consumers energy costs. The study also indicates that by 2018, almost half of builders and remodelers anticipate using solar panels and ground source heat pump technologies. According to the study, over 20 percent of home builders have constructed a net zero home within the last two years, as MHProNews understands.

Further, while the older crowd is currently reaching for green alternatives in remodeling and building, as the environmentally-conscious Millennials age and accumulate resources, they will most likely lead the move to green methods of construction and renewable resources. ##

(Image credit: modularhomecoach)

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


Modular Hotel Newly Opened in Pennsylvania

October 29th, 2015 Comments off

hotel_modular_in_hershey_pa__constructionglobal__creditAn 81-bedroom modular hotel has just been completed in Hershey, Pennsylvania by Signature Building Systems of Moosic, PA, according to constructionglobal. The La Quinta Inn and Suites Harrisburg-Hershey hotel has all the amenities of the modern hospitality industry: heated indoor swimming pool, hot tub, state-of-the-art fitness center, dining area and meeting facilities.

We were able to create this highly customized, top-quality hotel thanks to our large, specialized, skilled workforce and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility,” said Justin DePhillips, Director of Sales & Marketing at Signature Building Systems. The facility enables us to keep material quality high and waste low, delivering excellent value in projects of any scale.

The hotel is central to the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg International Airport, Hershey Foods, Gettysburg and several universities and colleges. ##

(Photo credit: constructionglobal)

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

Modular Apartments to Replace NYC Tenements

October 26th, 2015 Comments off

East_side_NYC_tenements_will_be_replaced__wikipedia_and_jpupdates__creditMHProNews has learned from jpupdates that two historic tenement buildings on New York City’s Lower East side will be demolished and replaced with a modular apartment building.

Located at 201 and 203 Broadway, the buildings were home to the United Hebrew Community (UHC) of New York, which was founded in 1901 by prominent banker and community leader Alter Benzion Shapiro.

The society’s goal was to provide a free synagogue and proper burial for those who were too old or sick or did not have sufficient resources. During the influenza epidemic in the early 1900’s, UHC interred almost 100 people daily. The UHC maintains a synagogue and offices in other nearby buildings.

Developer David Wise plans to replace the four-story buildings with a single seven-story modular building comprised of ten residential units with medical and retail offices on the ground floor. EB Development III, LLC purchased the two buildings last year for $8.5 million from UHC.

The project joins several other modular apartment buildings in NYC, including the massive fits-and-starts 32-story modular apartment complex in Brooklyn spearheaded by Forest Ratner, as MHProNews posted Sept. 7, 2015.  ##

(Photo credit: jpupdates/wikipedia–201 & 203 Broadway)

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


Documents Reveal Major Problems at Large NYC Modular Project

September 7th, 2015 Comments off

forest_city_ratner_brooklyn_b2_tower_city_limitsFollowing a story MHProNews last published April 10, 2015 regarding the continuing hit-and-miss saga of Forest City Ratner’s 34-story modular tower at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, B2, curbed.ny reports a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request reveals there was considerable water damage in April and July, 2014.

However, problems with stacking the units accurately began right after siting the 930 units started in 2013, according to consultant STV, which filed reports with the Empire State Development (ESD), the state agency overseeing the entire project. Workers reported they had to shave drywall in order to squeeze in the dry wall and then caulk. Evidently the stress of stacked modulars was causing them to be misaligned.

But the water filled a rain barrel on the third floor following a very rainy weekend April 4, 2014. On July 2, 2014 again after a heavy storm workers had to rip out the ceilings and walls of one sixth-floor unit, leaving the contractor perplexed about how water got into the building. By August 1, 2014, all the floors from two through eight have suffered considerable water damage.

The FOIL documents end in September of that year when Forest City and Skanska sued each other, and Forest City bought Skanska out. The project is far behind the original schedule—it was supposed to be completed a year ago—and is now currently scheduled for completion sometime next year. ##

(Photo credit: citylimits–Brooklyn’s B2 modular tower)

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

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Aug. 9-Aug. 16, 2015

August 16th, 2015 Comments off

mhpronews_sunday_morningWhat’s New in public focused Manufactured

Nubble Lighthouse and Sohier Park. York, Maine – US Destination

What’s New in Manufactured Housing Industry Professional News

GSEs set to offer secondary market for manufactured home loans. Two MHCs change hands, new MHC planned in Canada. CFPB not protecting consumers OR employees. CA city tries to protect MHCs from repurposing. Modulars rising in Germany, Nepal, Kansas. TX lenders lose FHA lender status for MH. Reputation marketing for MH available. MHC residents defend owner. MHARR detects jaundiced eye in HUD proposal. And much, much more news and views to accompany your morning coffee.

Saturday, Aug. 15

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is Rife with Discrimination

Friday, Aug. 14

246 Site Manufactured Home Community Sold in Michigan

Bowersox Takes Vice President Position with Manufactured Housing Institute

MHCV Outperforms Dow. LPX Gains 3.55%

Shigeru Ban develops Modular Shelter for Quake Survivors in Nepal

Kingsley Management Corp. Acquires Florida Manufactured Home Community

Modular Homes will Result from Land Bank Transfer

Thursday, Aug. 13

Secondary Market for Manufactured Home Loans Directive Due Soon

San Jose wants a Six Month Moratorium on Re-purposing of Manufactured Home Communities

Council Strengthens Language Regarding Relocating Residents

Patrick Gains the Most of MH Stocks; MHCV Slips

Land Bank Authority Funds Modular Housing Project

Manufactured Home Community Founder Supports Non-profit in New Jersey

Wednesday, Aug. 12

Citizens Paring Down Policies of Manufactured Home Owners

California Takes Prize for Most Expensive Homes

Fleetwood Poised to take Advantage of Opportunities Down Under

China Devaluation Leaves Stocks Flat; Deer Valley Falls Following Prior Big Gain

European Modular Housing Builder Overwhelmed by Demand

55+ Housing Market Index Remains Steady

Tuesday, Aug. 11

MHARR Questions HUD’s Proposed New SAA Funding

Lenders Fined, Lose FHA Approval Status for Manufactured Home Lending Fraud

Deer Valley Homes Skyrockets +85.71%; Dow Loses most of Yesterday’s Gain

Shelters Developed for Military may be Used for Disaster Scenarios

Modular Home Construction can Realize Cost Savings

Drew goes Fishing, Finds Furniture for Fresh Water Float

Monday, Aug. 10

Grenade Marketing Offers Reputation Marketing for Manufactured Home Industry Pros

Dow Posts Strong Gain, MHCV Slips, LPX Gains 4.60%

Passages: Norman Schweiss

Manufactured Home Community Residents say City has it Wrong

Canadian City Planning new Manufactured Home Community

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Aug. 2-Aug. 9, 2015  ##


(Photo credit: MHProNews)

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