Rural communities, as well as low-income urban communities, are struggling to build new residential units as the cost to build often does not offset the cost to sell. Demand is growing in smaller communities as populations increase due to an uptick in job creation, as well as an exurban migration, acceptance of tele-working, and the rising cost of urban living. In order to meet this demand, we must identify a cost-effective way to build housing units for all walks of life.
3D printing is a leading example of how we can drop the cost of housing and other infrastructure. Alquist has invested over 4 years of research into this new technology, partnering with printer manufacturer COBOD (based in Copenhagen, DK). Alquist’s partner company, Atlas Community Studios, has helmed rural revitalization and economic development projects in 20 different states. Atlas provides roadmaps for community revitalization, creating and building new businesses, child-care options, technological advancements, cultural centers, and marketing/incentive plans, among other concepts.
Through this work, Atlas has determined that the #1 need in nearly every rural community is housing, and this led to the creation of Alquist. Alquist plans to work in communities throughout the US to develop new single family, multifamily, mixed-use, and senior living units. In addition, Alquist is investing in research to build new roads, elevator shafts, retaining walls, and other traditional concrete structures using 3D printing technology.
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