Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New Fabrication Factory to Build 12,000 Homes in Urban Chicago

When it comes to ambitious, it appears nobody can top what is about to happen in prefab housing when Barcelona Housing Systems, with offices throughout the world, begins building residential and commercial units in Chicago, IL.


As many as 12,000 “modular” homes — along with a plant to build them — may rise on the 430-acre site of the old U.S. Steel South Works plant on the long-vacant lakefront site roughly between 83rd and 92nd streets and Lake Shore Drive and the lake.


The plan calls for building as many as 12,000 homes, 17.5 million square feet of commercial space and a marina with slips for 1,500 boats.

Now a joint venture between Barcelona Housing Systems and WELink has emerged as the winning bidder for the massive site.

A project of 12,000 homes located in a new residential area in Chicago along the banks of Lake Michigan has been designed which covers over 30 blocks and is divided into 4 phases of implementation, with around 3,000 homes in each phase.

This approach, allowing the land use to be optimized for infrastructure and improving the quality of life; it will allow residents to enjoy this new 21st Century urban planning concept, with extensive green spaces, sustainable internal mobility, high use of renewable energies, common social areas, digital urban and community processes, urban vegetable gardens, etc.

Though not technically a modular factory, this appears to be the way foreign companies are choosing to enter the US homebuilding market. Blueprint Robotics, located in Baltimore, MD, is following a similar plan.

They will find a city that needs a lot of standardized housing, work with that city’s officials to find blighted or undeveloped areas, build a factory close by and start producing a limited number of designs in an automated fabrication plant. Each panel would be finished, shipped and completed on the site.


1 Foundations
2 Stairs and balconies
3 Frame (floor / roof base / horizontal)
4 Load (wall) (vertical) (center and perimeter)
5 Services (electrical installations and plumbing for kitchen and bathrooms)
6 Facade (exterior finish) (includes windows, doors, etc.)
7 Roof

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