Building on a tradition of innovation
The iconic Building 680, where Factory OS is now located, is the famous Mare Island Naval Shipyard machine shop where determined Americans rebuilt the Pacific Fleet after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Today, Factory OS is channelling this powerful history into a new, pressing social and political problem that impacts millions of Bay Area residents and Americans across the country: The lack of more affordable housing. The stagnant construction industry results in a failure to evolve and is at the very root of our nation’s housing crisis. Factory OS is bringing transformative change to the industry.
We build well-designed, tech-ready multifamily homes on Mare Island, 40% faster and 20% less expensive than conventional housing. These savings are proven, not projected. We do this by building the bulk of the home off-site, right down to the toilet paper holders. Then we ship it and assemble it on-site.
Bringing transformational change to a stagnant industry
The process brings relentless efficiency to a profoundly inefficient industry. In Building 680, Factory OS builds homes year-round, rain or shine, leveraging the proven principles of both lean manufacturing and cutting-edge software technologies. Quality control is better. Workers are safer. Precision cutting and indoor material storage reduce construction waste by more than a third, and reduced transportation requirements lower carbon emissions, making this the greenest building method available today. On-site assembly is faster, cleaner and far less disruptive to our neighbors.
Factory OS is transforming the construction industry and taking bold, meaningful steps toward meeting the critical need for more affordable apartments and condominiums in our cities. Starting now.
Union Made by local, full-time workers
Our homes are Union Made. We are committed to progressive labor practices and our company is built on a strong relationship with the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council. We have a unique agreement with the union to recruit and train local workers, creating 300 permanent, full-time construction jobs that pay up to $60,000 per year and provide full health and retirement benefits.
Supporting integrated in-house research and innovation
The top floor of the factory is home to the Factory OS Housing Innovation Center. The center’s work will be fully integrated into the manufacturing process in an unrelenting effort to improve efficiency and get the cost of home construction down even further. We are partnering with local universities and research centers to leverage our work.
We’ve found a better way
Like the shipbuilders who came before us, Factory OS is taking up one of the most urgent and important challenges of our time. This is the story of a forward-thinking team of modular home manufacturers who are dedicated to transforming an industry, creating jobs, and building more affordable housing for owners and renters alike.