Factory_OS: Changing How We Build
Factory OS is a housing manufacturing facility building wood-frame, multifamily housing in the Bay Area and beyond. Factory operations started in March 2018 with the explicit focus on building high quality housing affordable to the broad population and creating stable, middle class manufacturing jobs. We are promoting industrialized construction of housing as one important solution to the housing crisis. By building offsite we can deliver homes 40% faster and 20% less costly while reducing waste, providing better working conditions and recruiting and training the next generation of workers for the construction industry.
In addition, we are committed to continuous improvement and innovations in our construction methods including partnerships with technology, suppliers, labor and academic researchers. Current efforts include 1) assessing the benefits of off-site construction to improving energy efficiency in multi-family housing 2) a partnership with the Northern California Carpenters union to recruit and train and retain a non-traditional workforce and 3) creating a specialized “operating system” that improves the coordination of architectural and engineering designs with the fabrication drawings and the monitoring of production. By bringing in research and industry partners, we are leading the way in changing the way we build.
I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy, UC Berkeley; Faculty Director, Terner Center for Housing Innovation; Innovation Lab Director, Factory_OS, Factory OS
Carol Galante has spent her life working to support and build housing for Americans from all walks of life. For five years she served in a series of top housing positions for President Barack Obama, including a period as Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She oversaw the country’s trillion-dollar insurance portfolio for single and multifamily housing, and oversaw a recovery from one of the greatest housing collapses in history.
Before joining the federal government, Galante spent more than a decade as president and chief executive of BRIDGE Housing Corporation, the largest non-profit developer of affordable, mixed-income and mixed-use developments in California.
After her time in Washington, she took a position as the I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy at UC Berkeley, and established the Terner Center for Housing Innovation. As its Faculty Director, Galante oversees the Center’s work and co-leads the Center’s research agenda, supervising projects that identify, develop and advance innovative solutions in local, state and federal housing policy and practice.
Galante also lead the Innovation Lab team at Factory OS, which will be housed on the upper floor of Building 680 and will facilitate rapid integration and communication with factory workers, industry leaders, and communities.