Mare Island, Calif. – Factory_OS, a leader in revolutionizing home construction by building multifamily homes more affordably and sustainably while creating jobs, and funding innovation, received strategic investments from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) and Citi (NYSE: C) to address the growing affordable housing crisis in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
With this investment, Autodesk expands its existing relationship with Factory_OS by supporting the build-out of the Factory Floor Learning Center, a space dedicated to education and research on industrialized construction and changes needed in public policy to optimize its benefits. This work will be led by the Terner Center for Housing Innovation. The investment will also help establish a team to scope and build a new Rapid Response Factory. This second factory space offers an opportunity to both explore additional machining techniques and to meet the demand for quick turnaround housing needed after natural disasters and emergencies. Together, Autodesk and Factory_OS will provide greater software collaboration to streamline design, fabrication and supply chain management.
Citi is backing Factory_OS through its Spread Products Investment Technologies (SPRINT) initiative within the ICG division, which formed in 2018 to invest and engage new technology partners, and Citi Community Capital, the bank unit through which Citi works to finance all types of affordable housing and community development projects. In 2018, Citi reported over $6 billion of lending to finance affordable rental housing projects and was recognized as the Country’s largest affordable housing lender for the ninth consecutive year.
INTERVIEW: Civil + Structural Engineer’s Editor-In-Chief, Richard Massey, talks with Rick Holliday, CEO of Factory_OS, and Joe Speicher, Exec. Director of the Autodesk Foundation, about the crisis of affordable housing and how it can be solved.
“Autodesk and Citi are playing a critical role in our continued growth and expansion,” said Rick Holliday, CEO of Factory_OS. “We’re proud to stand alongside two companies that share our vision for transforming the construction industry, and care deeply about addressing the housing crisis that exists not only in our backyard but also in urban centers nationwide.”
Added Andrew Anagnost, CEO of Autodesk: “Factory_OS is a pioneer that is revolutionizing the approach to modularized homebuilding and making the dream of affordable housing in cities, a reality. We’re honored to support their mission, in collaboration with Citi, of giving families safe and affordable homes to call their own. I have no doubt our continued collaboration will serve as a springboard to addressing the growing housing crisis nationwide.”
“Bringing innovation to affordable housing is critical in addressing one of the nation’s most pressing challenges,” said Matt Zhang, Head of Spread Products Investment Technologies at Citi. “We’re excited to be part of this envisioning process and together, with Factory OS, we can help bring transformational changes to meet the growing demand for safe, high-quality affordable housing.”
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