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June 9, 2021

Will Milwaukee Become the Next Prefab Manufacturing Hub?

Will Milwaukee Become the Next Prefab Manufacturing Hub?

The City of Milwaukee announced earlier this week that they intend to issue a Request for Proposal in September 2021 to form a public-private partnership with the goal of bringing manufacturing facilities to Century City Business Park that are dedicated to creating the structural elements or modules of highly energy-efficient homes. Examples include prefabricated walls and foundations that meet Passive House U.S. (PHIUS) or the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) standards.

In a Request for Information (RFI), the city stated that they hope to identify interest among experienced off-site construction firms and to inform the contents of a form Request for Proposals.

The RFI notes that this plan is about more than just bringing a single factory into the area. “This is a long-term partnership aimed at social and climate transformation, creating an example for other cities nationwide,” the city wrote in the RFI. It is part of the larger vision of a Milwaukee that creates equity through high-quality, green jobs while also spurring neighborhood revitalization and economic development.

Interested parties should check out the RFI and contact the city’s Director of Sustainability, Erick Shambarger, at [email protected] or (414) 708-9187.

Jay Fox

Jay Fox

Jay Fox is a writer and musician based in Asheville, NC. His work has appeared in Crain’s New York, Salon, Stay Thirsty Magazine, Aethlon, a...

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