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The tech industry exacerbated the housing crisis. Here’s what Google is doing to fix it.

July 27, 2020
A year ago, Google pledged $1 billion to address the Bay Area housing crisis the tech boom helped cause. How much affordable housing does that build? The company has also invested in Factory OS, a startup that lowers construction costs by building apartments in factories. This will help Google’s money stretch further in California...
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Housing development erected in West Oakland in 10 days

September 9, 2019
Typically, a building this size would take a year to construct, said developer Rick Holliday. It went up in 10 days.
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This new “Rapid Response Factory” wants to make an assembly line to build post-disaster housing

July 10, 2019
Prefab apartment builder FactoryOS is teaming up with Autodesk to streamline a process to get housing to people in need as quickly as possible after fires, floods, and earthquakes.
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Prefab Apartment Buildings Stack Together Like Legos


A company that constructs prefabricated apartment buildings gets their inspiration from toy Legos. According to John Ramos, the finished buildings can be stacked together.

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

Conor Dougherty | New York Times

VALLEJO, Calif. — California is in the middle of an affordable-housing crisis that cities across the state are struggling to solve. Rick Holliday, a longtime Bay Area real estate developer, thinks one answer lies in an old shipyard in Vallejo,…

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…

The modular revolution promises to shake up Bay Area housing

Blanca Torres | SF Business Times

Inside a cavernous industrial building where the U.S. Navy built hundreds of ships for overseas combat, longtime Bay Area housing developer Rick Holliday is battling a crisis closer to home: the Bay Area’s dire need for more housing. In March, Holliday’s Factory…

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-…

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