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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.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance writer and editor living in Los Angeles whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Los Angeles Magazine.

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