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Piece by Piece, a Factory-Made Answer for a Housing Squeeze

June 11, 2018
Developers are taking on residential building challenges by extending the concept of prefabricated housing to manufacture entire apartment buildings.
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The modular revolution promises to shake up Bay Area housing

February 16, 2018
After many years of talking about it, developers like Holliday are finally taking major steps to move into modular construction. Soaring construction costs and labor shortages across the region are constricting developers’ ability to meet the Bay Area’s housing demand and hampering attempts to address a rise in homelessness.
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Vallejo firm bets on modular housing to meet critical shortage

October 19, 2017
Holliday is betting that the future of multi-family housing in the Bay Area will take shape not in a particular neighborhood or community but in a cavernous 250,000-square-foot historic shipbuilding facility in an industrial part of Mare Island in Vallejo.
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What Bay Area can do to solve its housing crisis

Leslye Corsiglia and Kevin Zwick | The Mercury News

Opinion: What Bay Area can do to solve its housing crisis Leslye Corsiglia and Kevin Zwick Michael Lerner works to build a “granny unit” in the backyard of his house in November, 2016, in San Jose. Building more granny units…

Affordable, much-needed modular homes on Vallejo’s Mare Island

Tom Vacar | KTVU

VALLEJO, Calif. (KTVU) – A new front opened up Wednesday on the struggle to build more housing, more quickly and for a lot less money. The official grand opening of Factory OS, on Vallejo’s Mare Island harkens new era in…

Housing Goes Modular

Robert Gammon | Oakland Magazine

As Rick Holliday strolled through his massive warehouse on Mare Island, he recalled the moment when he realized he had to change his business. The Oakland-based developer has spent much of his career building workforce and affordable housing for middle-…

SF set to start process for building modular housing for formerly homeless

J.K. Dineen | SF Chronicle

SF set to start process for building modular housing for formerly homeless By J.K. Dineen January 22, 2018  Doubling down on its commitment to using off-site construction methods to create faster and less-expensive housing for the formerly homeless, city officials are…

A little hope for a homeless solution: Tiny housing units sprout in the Bay Area

Kevin Fagan | SF Chronicle

Nearly two years after a smattering of tiny homes popped up in the Bay Area as a peculiar new way of housing homeless people, the technique is exploding from one end of the region to the other. Nearly 1,000 tiny…

Celebrated architect David Baker says modular construction will bloom

Roland Li | San Francisco Business Times

David Baker is one of the Bay Area’s most prolific architects, designing 10,000 homes over 35 years. He has worked on dozens of affordable housing and market-rate buildings, boutique hotels in Healdsburg and retail projects. His firm recently designed modular buildings…

The New Multifamily Modular

Yes Duffy | David Baker Architects Blog

At DBA, now more than ever, we get asked, “What does it take to go modular?” The time­-saving and cost­-saving appeal of “going modular” varies broadly and depends on a variety of factors, which can make or break the potential benefits.…

New direction in housing for S.F.’s homeless: modular

J.K. Dineen | SF Chronicle

San Francisco officials are going forward with a plan to use off-site modular construction to build supportive housing for the homeless, a move that could save time and money, but has long been regarded as politically untenable because of opposition…

Modular Construction in the Bay Area: The Future is Now

Nathaniel Hanson | Urban Land Institute San Francisco

Developer, S.F. see new possibilities in assembly-line housing

J.K. Dineen | SF Chronicle

The 30,000-pound boxes being delivered by a fleet of flatbed trucks to the Bayview don’t look like much. But if you ask Mayor Ed Lee, they just might be a solution to the city’s housing crisis. On Thursday morning, Lee…