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Design firm Studio One Eleven is building on its shipping container work with a new supportive housing project. Watts Works is a joint venture development from Decro Corp., Daylight Community Development and The People Concern, and features 24 studio apartments for low-income residents. It uses shipping containers for the four-story project and a modular-style construction, both of which drive down costs and boost efficiency.

“Southern California desperately needs housing at all income levels. Due to the high costs of new housing, most projects coming on line are focused on the luxury market,” Michael Bohn, senior principal at Studio One Eleven, tells GlobeSt.com. “Even affordable housing is becoming quite expensive to complete. We are intrigued with alternative construction methodologies as one approach to lower construction costs in order to help alleviate the affordability crisis. During site planning, we also look for alternatives from conventional methods that create greater value. In this case, steel modular containers work well with the site parameters, project scale and unit size, all of which expedite the construction schedule and reduce overall costs.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. He work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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