Thursday, February 8, 2018

Factory OS on Target to Build Thousands of Modular Apartments a Year

Located in the former Blu Homes 250,000-square-foot factory at Mare Island in Vallejos, CA, Factory OS founder and developer Rick Holliday is going to build and truck modules to spots like San Francisco and Oakland, where it's more expensive to build affordable housing.

Rick Holliday, Founder of Factory OS
"We're setting 135 apartments and we're gonna put them up in about 30 days," Holliday said, referring to a recently concluded San Francisco project. "We're gonna build these and deliver them for less than half of what we think conventional building will be."
Google owner Alphabet Inc. is finalizing an order to buy 300 apartment units from Factory OS.

With this new, enormous facility, Factory OS plans to build 2,000 to 3,500 apartment units a year. Houses will be moved along the assembly line by cranes and industrial air cushions. At two dozen assembly stations, 150 to 250 union employees will build the modules from the inside out. The modules, some as large as 16 feet by 70 feet, will likely contain two or more living units, studio sized to multi bedrooms. "We will have it ready, finished and done in nine months, to ten at most, and most any other project will be a minimum of two years," Holiday said. Factory OS has already planned three projects; two in West Oakland and a third in El Cerrito, all near BART stations.


Anonymous said...

At 2000 apartment units per year x 500 hours per units/module=1,000,000 hours divided by 250 workers = 4000 hours per year that’s 80 hours per week per worker. Seems high, since industry standards aren’t that high, here’s hoping it can be done.

Anonymous said...

true but many of the modules will be double-loaded corridor with a one bedroom or studio on either side of the corridor. So you would take the 80 hours in half...roughly speaking.

I do get your drift however...seems ambitious for those who have never done it before. Interested to see how it goes with union wages and where they fit in the 500 hours.