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Google’s Going Modular Housing

June 15th, 2017 Comments off

GoogleGoingModularMercuryNewsManufacturedModularIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsAs Matthew Silver and RC Williams have previously reported, the San Francisco Bay Area is no stranger to high housing costs, and the fact that several are turning to manufactured, prefab and modular projects to help meet their needs.

So, it’s no surprise that as Google, like other employers, are struggling for affordable housing for workers, that the tech giant is turning to prefab/modular construction to help meet their needs.

The tech giant plans to buy 300 units of modular housing to serve as temporary employee accommodations on its planned “Bay View” campus at NASA’s Moffett Field,” says the Mercury News.

Google thinks the savings may be in the 20-50% range over conventional building. While that would seem high to those in the factory built housing world, given the soaring costs in the Bay Area, might that be possible?

JohnIgoeManufacturedModularHousingDailyBusinessNewsResearchReportsDataMHProNewsAnything that can help us to move forward with a greater knowledge of how we can produce housing GoogleGoingModularMercuryPrefabWorkersApartmentsNewsManufacturedModularIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsmore effectively is something we’re interested in,” said John Igoe, director of design and construction at Google, per Fox Business. “We absolutely are confident that it will work. Hopefully it doesn’t become false bravado.”

The deal is likely to be in the $25 million to $30 million range, said Rick Holliday, founder and chief executive of Factory OS. It would be that firm’s first order for the company.

Modular housing could be “a real game changer” for the Bay Area affordable housing crunch, said Matt Regan.  He’s the  senior vice-president of public policy at the Bay Area Council.  Google is a member business in that group.

In the factory environment you have more controls and more oversight, and it’s more efficient,” Regan said.

The end product is of the highest quality. It’s impossible to tell the difference between a modular construction project and a traditional project, other than that the modular goes up much quicker.”

What seems certain is that the status of factory building will get a lift from this and other projects, here in the U.S., and around the world. ##

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Modular Shipments continue to Rise

August 28th, 2013 Comments off

national-modular-housing-council-logo-posted-daily-business-news-manufactured-home-pro-news-com- (1)The National Modular Housing Council (NMHC) reports that actual shipments of 3,838 new modular homes occurred in the second quarter of 2013, up 10.6 percent from the same quarter in 2012. Relative to Q2 2012, state shipment results for the second quarter of 2013 showed increases for 22 states and reductions in 12 states. Iowa Manufactured Housing Association Joe Kelly tells MHProNews that “Iowa ranked 4th in the U.S., among 34 states surveyed, in the growth of business in the second quarter of this year, compared to last year’s second quarter.  149 modulars were ordered by Iowa retailers and builders in the second quarter, compared to 103 last year.” For the first half of 2013, 244  modulars were ordered, ranking Iowa 6th highest among the 34 states.” Modular shipments still trail manufactured housing shipments nationally by a significant margin, although there are jurisdictions where mods rival HUD Code manufactured housing shipment numbers. ##


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Modular Designer begins in U. S., Flourishes in Canada

July 4th, 2013 Comments off

Hive Modular of Minneapolis suffered mightily during the recession, but the company has been growing in Canada, enough to have three locations: Altona in Manitoba, Toronto, and one will be set to the east in Quebec. Hive started as a “night job” in 2005 by Paul Stankey and two friends, and has produced 25 custom homes. As MHProNews reported Sept. 21, 2012, a highly energy efficient, 2,075 square foot green house with three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths was sited in Calgary for around $160 a foot. Hive offers custom made modulars to fit lot sizes and conditions, and the modules arrive on site complete: Painted drywall, electricals, fireplace, flooring, windows and kitchen. One feature offered by Hive is Plyboo cabinets—plywood-like material but made from bamboo with exposed edges that resemble marquetry. According to the globeandmail, one customer says, “You’d start getting pictures and half your house was built.”

(Photo credit: Paul Stankey/theglobeandmail)

Modulars will be Equipped, Shipped and Clipped Together

May 22nd, 2013 Comments off

According to the nypost, New York City has chosen a three-story, three-unit emergency modular housing prototype, complete with balconies, to be sited next to the Office of Emergency Management in Brooklyn. The upper two floors are 822 square-foot, three-bedroom units with a 480 square-foot handicap accessible apartment on the first floor. Designed by Garrison Architects of Brooklyn and built by American Manufactured Systems and Services (AMSS) of Vienna, Vir., the $1,135,147 million contract for the modular unit was determined to be the best value by the Army Corps of Engineers. Measuring 12 feet wide and 40 feet long, the modules are shipped fully equipped and only need to be clipped together and have the utilities hooked up. MHProNews has learned a desk, dining table, chairs, beds, an electric stove and microwave will be included in each unit. Rooftop photovoltaic cells have refrigerant-flow heat pumps that balance inside temperatures and increase heating-cooling efficiency by 30 percent. Jim Garrison, principal of the architectural firm, says “Even though this is a stand-alone, it is designed to operate as a row house and be deployed on a city block so it has a garden in back and parking in front and makes a secure perimeter to create an urban street.” Architects, students, and academics will likely live in the units for periods of time to provide feedback.

(Image credit: nypost/Garrison Architects–disaster relief housing)

The Big Apple Bites into Mini Modulars

January 22nd, 2013 Comments off

The Observer reports NYC’s Bloomberg Administration’s My Micro NY competition to create a miniature housing model for the city was won by Monandock Development in collaboration with the Actors Fund for Housing Development and modular home builder Capsys, which is based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Although it is illegal to build a new apartment smaller than 450 square feet, the new program will see modular apartments of 250-375 square feet built on city-owned property in Murray Hill at 335 E. 27th St. As MHProNews has learned, 40 percent of the units will be set aside for low-to-moderate income renters. Says Mayor Bloomberg, “We’ve chosen Manhattan because more than three-quarters of its homes are one or two person households. We already have the population seeking housing for a small number of people, we just don’t have the apartments to house them.”

(Illustration credit: Observer)

Wholesale Modulars Going to Booming ND?

April 24th, 2012 Comments off

PRWeb reports to from North Dakota modular general contractor M Space is sponsoring the Bakken Housing Summit May 16-17, 2012 in Williston, ND. Bringing together lenders, developers, government representatives, and investors, the goal is to build 5,000 homes in two years to meet the demand for housing is this energy boom region. Jeff Deutschendorf, President and CEO of M SPACE, says, “We are pleased to sponsor this summit and look forward to supporting the continued growth in the Williston community.”

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Modulars in Kandahar

February 27th, 2012 Comments off

Westminster Patch in Westminster, Maryland, tells modular housing units have reached the battlefront in Afghanistan. Thomas Beyard, Westminster’s Department of Planning, Development and Zoning Director, is serving a 400 day assignment with the Maryland National Guard in Afghanistan. He reports the modular barracks at the Kandahar Air Base are named “MGM”, “Tropicana”, and “Desert Rose.” Beyard is part of the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade responsible for 2,500 military personnel and 100 aircraft.

(Photo credit: WestminsterPatch/Thomas Beyard)