'Project Virginia' Plans to Print 200 Homes

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2022


Construction start-up Alquist 3D recently announced plans to build 200 homes in the southwest region of Virginia to help solve the housing crisis in rural and underserved areas of America.

The company claims that the endeavor, dubbed “Project Virginia,” will be the world’s largest 3D-printed construction project.

About Project Virginia

In kicking off the project, Alquist 3D recently hosted a demonstration in Pulaski, Virginia, near the site of its first two 3D-printed homes.

According to reports, Alquist 3D chose the area because the demand for housing is soaring due to 3,000 new jobs posted by Volvo, Blue Star Manufacturing and American Glove Innovations. In addition, Virginia's New River Valley was recently identified as having one of the highest growth rates in the nation for tech jobs in the United States.

The company further reported that 3D-printing homes will help lower the cost of housing and infrastructure in otherwise economically distressed and under-served communities.

“With migration patterns shifting due to pandemic, climate, and economic concerns, smaller communities like Pulaski have a huge need—and an amazing opportunity—to develop affordable housing for new residents,” said Zachary Mannheimer, Founder and CEO of Alquist 3D.

“By 3D-printing these homes, Alquist and our partners will be accelerating Pulaski and Roanoke's ability to harness current trends and attract new workers to this wonderful community in southwestern Virginia.”

For both the demonstration and the 200-home project, Alquist 3D reports that it will use Black Buffalo 3D's Nexcon printer. The technology can print walls—made up of layered, reinforced concrete—in days instead of weeks. 3D-printing also enables builders to use less timber.

For the project, teams will transmit a house design through a computer program called CAD. Once the printer has the project, onsite workers will then pour in cement material before the concrete is pumped through the tubes and dispersed in layers.

Mannheimer went on to tell reporters that he believes 3D printing is a game-changer, as it can cuts costs by up to 15% that are related to labor, materials and time.

Habitat for Humanity

The news of Project Virginia comes just months after Habitat for Humanity announced the completion of its first home entirely constructed using an Alquist 3D printer.

According to reports, the 1,200-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom concrete structure can withstand hurricanes and tornados and was constructed in just 12 hours. Following completion, the home was sold through the Habitat Homebuyer program, which works with applicants who clarify their need for safe, affordable housing from community to community around the country.

In addition to living in such an energy efficient space, the new homeowner has also received a personal 3D printer that will let them reprint just about anything from electrical outlets to cabinet knobs.

The 3D-printed structure is EarthCraft certified, meaning that the home serves as a blueprint for comfortable homes that both reduce utility bill costs and minimize negative environmental impacts.

“Habitat and Alquist share a similar mission: building housing that is affordable. We both believe in the American Dream of homeownership, and, by partnering, we can realize this dream for more families,” said Mannheimer at the time.

“3DCP (3D concrete printing) reduces the amount of waste that is typically found on a jobsite, and our energy savings are significant. Still, concrete is far from the most environmentally friendly material, and we are working with partners to create a greener material in the next year.”

   

Tagged categories: 3D printing; 3D Printing; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Program/Project Management; Project Management; Projects - Commercial; Residential; Residential Construction

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