I was in Manaus, Brazil recently and stayed on the tenth floor of a hotel that faced an 18 story building under construction using block and mortar. Since the outside walls were not completed, I could view the construction process with a “section view”. There was a single elevator that could carry a small set of blocks and a tub of mortar up to any one of the stories at which laborers waited for materials. Most of the laborers I saw in “section view” were in serious wait mode.
Later during my trip, I visited several sales offices for high rise condominiums and low rise custom homes. What I learned during my visits was that I could place an order for a place to live, but that I would have to wait somewhere in the neighborhood of three to four years for my new home to be done!
Most of our world builds this way. There is a great opportunity for our world to embrace a new technology that can deliver high quality homes in a fraction of the time. Let me tell you a true story…
David Israel owns an intriguing resort named Ecopark that is in a protected Amazon forest separated from the city of Manaus by a tributary of the Amazon River. David wanted to expand his resort by building a sixplex he could rent to visitors coming to Manaus for the World Cup. Three or four year lead times could not figure in the plan. David needed his building, he needed it fast, and there was no one who could deliver in Manaus quickly.
Here is what happened in four months… A design was created for David and the entire steel frame engineered in Boulder, Colorado. A firm bid was created for the complete build process for David’s structure. All the steel framing was roll formed in a plant in Dallas, Texas. The steel was loaded into a container which was driven to Houston.
The container was shipped all the way to Manaus. The steel was unloaded and manufactured into components in a Manaus warehouse. It, and other materials shipped from the States, were then barged across the river to Ecopark. The building was then erected.
Look at what was possible with well executed light gauge steel framing technology. A multi-unit structure was designed, engineered, roll formed, shipped, assembled, delivered, and erected across two continents and a major sea at lower cost and in a fraction of time that the build process would have taken using the alternative of block and mortar. People of this region finally have the choice to own an eco-friendly, well insulated, mold resistant, affordable and quickly built home.The “possible” is amazing. It is at hand. We made it work. It is available for everyone to see. Reach out to us and let us share with you how technology can bring you opportunity and help to house the world.