Disruptive Development: Modular Manufacturing in Multifamily Housing

Disruptive Development: Modular Manufacturing in Multifamily Housing

A Professional Report submitted in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the degree of Master of City Planning in the Department of City and Regional Planning of the University of California, Berkeley, May 2016

Author: Allie Stein

Reviewing Committee: Carolina Reid and Carol Galante

Since the 1830s, balloon frame construction has dominated the development industry in the United States without competition. Recently, off-site manufacturing has changed the way developers; architects and contractors think about building housing. Modular construction is primed to disrupt the way we produce housing on a large scale in a cost effective and time sensitive manner. This report quantifies the benefits of off-site construction, discusses the challenges, and presents next steps for the widespread adoption of this disruptive technology for the development of multifamily housing in the Bay Area.