Army Goes Modular for Housing - Clayton Homes Trendsetter Construction Completes Project at Fort Sam Houston

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – One of the largest residential modular construction projects ever is going up at a U.S. Army base in San Antonio, Texas. The Army found it could create housing for 1,200 military medical trainees faster and more cost effectively by turning to modular construction. Some universities are reaching the same conclusion about how to quickly create more student housing while keeping costs down.

At Fort Sam Houston, the Army chose Trendsetter Construction's modular design and construction process. In essence, 250,000 square feet of barracks were transported and assembled in order to keep the construction time to an absolute minimum. And that's just the beginning. Eventually there will be five buildings that supply housing for 3,000 members of the armed forces.

Trendsetter manufactured the modular units in their Belton, Texas facility and then transported each module to the site in San Antonio. The four-story tall building features 600 hotel-style apartments. Along with Trendsetter, other companies involved in the project included, Hensel Phelps Construction Co., and the Warrior Group.

"We have a strong team that includes our manufacturing partner and Hensel Phelps Construction Co, the general contractor," said Gail Warrior-Lawrence, president of Warrior Group. "It is an honor to be a part of providing housing for the men and women who defend America."

This type of construction allows for a speedier and more accurate construction, saving both time and money. The manufacturing process also provides significant reduction in waste and energy costs. "On typical project timelines, we can save 40-50% of the time on-site as compared to traditional construction techniques, while increasing control and reducing waste," says Doug Henriquez, Trendsetter's Director of Business Development. "Our on-site finish includes assembly, corridor completions, mechanical, electrical and plumbing connections. This moves the bulk of work and risk to a manufacturing environment which increases consistency and accuracy."

"The Fort Sam Houston project has been such a rewarding project for our company," added Henriquez. "We were thrilled to be selected as the manufacturing partner on this job and to be able to provide housing for the men and women serving our country as they go through their training programs."

Trendsetter is a subsidiary of Clayton Homes, a Berkshire-Hathaway Company.