For many people in off-site construction across the country, the name Factory OS is just another modular factory in California but when you get a chance to look more closely at them, it could become a model for commercial and modular production everywhere.
“I really wanted to utilize off-site construction,” Rick Holliday, CEO and Co-Founder, says. “I really think it’s the wave of the future.”
As construction costs keep rising, Holliday touts modular buildings as a way to save money and time. He says most projects built conventionally take about 18 months to two years to complete. Factory OS had a recent job for a nonprofit in San Francisco, and Holliday says they saved 30 percent off the building cost and finished in half the time. “We’re demonstrating we can save money and time, and quality’s higher,” he says.
Other benefits, he says, include caulking and detailing windows on the ground in a factory instead of up in the air for a four-story building, for example. Unpredictable weather adds another variable for on-site construction. If wood gets wet, the water can become trapped and cause damage later as it leaks. For off-site construction, Factory OS uses kiln-dried lumber and builds indoors, so trapped moisture isn’t a problem and the company ends up “with a much better shell and weather-tight building,” Holliday says.
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