NY Daily news recently covered a prefab housing development in East New York.
The Nehemiah houses in the Spring Creek development are being assembled
in a Brooklyn Naval Yard factory as big as a football field
where construction workers
churn out more than 8,000 square-feet per week on a supersized assembly line for homes. Working in three separate areas, men build ceilings, flooring and wall frames. Cement trucks pour concrete floors while blast machinists drill holes for pipes and wiring. Then, the three components merge as the homes take shape. Beams are established, paint is applied, and toilets are installed.
After tying down any loose parts such as kitchen drawers and oven doors, the 20-by-40 units are shipped by extra-wide flatbed trucks to the East New York site.
On site, a 250-ton hydraulic truck crane lifts the units on top of each other to build the two-, three- and four-story homes.
Founded in the mid-1980s by powerful local preachers as a means to rebuild East New York, the Nehemiah Housing Development Fund Co. is the real estate arm of East Brooklyn Congregations. In 20 years, they built and sold more than 3,000 homes with a foreclosure rate of less than 1%.
Read the entire article for more information, and see pictures of the units on the Capsys website.
Author: Jason Sheftell
Publication: NY Daily News
Section: Real Estate
Length: 1,362 words
Date: March 20, 2009