PULASKI, Va. (WFXR) — The Town of Pulaski may have found a solution to the affordable housing crisis in the form of 3D-printed homes.
This news comes as development company Alquist 3D announced plans to build 200 homes in the Commonwealth, including two right in the heart of Pulaski.
To put it all in perspective, it could take two to four weeks just to build the exterior of a traditional home.
Alquist 3D recently printed the exterior of a home for Habitat for Humanity in another part of Virginia within 22 hours, cutting traditional costs by nearly 15% with this new process.
“It’s a game changer,” said Mayor Shannon Collins of Pulaski.
The 3D printing machine looks like it’s icing a cake is apart of a mission from Alquist 3D to combat the housing crisis in rural and underserved communities.
“We were down for a long time, now it’s time to come back up,” said Collins. “So, this is our chance, as I said before, to come into the 21st century and come in hot,” said Collins.
Pulaski has struggled since the 2008 recession to find its footing in providing affordable and quality housing. Officials say this new process can help eliminate some challenges when getting a home.
“To do a 3D-printed, 1,500-square-foot home that’s single story, we can print the exterior walls in 20 to 30 hours,” said Zachary Mannheimer, CEO of of Alquist 3D.
Company officials say 3D-printing not only saves time, but it also saves money on other extra costs that come with building.
“Concrete’s far less than lumber today… you only need two to four humans to operate a machine, and thanks to a study from Virginia Tech, these homes will slash your energy bill in half,” said Mannheimer.
Collins says he is excited for the residents who will live in the 3D-printed homes.
“These people here, they’re good people in Pulaski,” the town’s mayor said. “They deserve it. We deserve it.”
Mannheimer says this will also add more jobs. In fact, a workforce development program is in the works at Virginia Tech.
The next destination to get a printed 3D-printed home will be Roanoke this summer.