|The first ModPod was inserted in a shotgun house at the corner of Bastrop and Stuart, a house known locally as the Bastrop House. Pre-fabrication took place two blocks away at the Rice Building Workshop ‘Work Yard’, which provided shelter from the elements and an on-site workshop outfitted with everything needed to assemble the prototype. We fabricated the components for the ‘highly secret structural system’ off-site, a system that resulted in a lighter, stronger, more efficient core. Everything else was designed around conventional residential construction methods, which allowed greater flexibility for in field adjustments and finishing.|
As the prototype neared completion, we demolished the existing bathroom and non-structural partitions in the Bastrop House and framed an opening to accept the ModPod. Once everything was ready, the ModPod was transported by forklift from the Work Yard to its new home. Insertion and weather-proofing occurred all in a single day: this is where the speed of this delivery method really became apparent.
Renovations continued over the following days to update interior finishes. Upon completion, the Bastrop House was turned back over to Project Row Houses; a celebratory open house reception is soon to follow.