Thursday, March 14, 2013

A New Model for Housing Manufacture

Martin Marietta helped change the building and construction industry 
by Gregory G.

In 1969, President Lyndon Johnson issued RFPs for "Operation Breakthrough: Low-Cost Housing" solutions. Martin Marietta, through its cement and lime division, had already demonstrated substantial investment in lightweight cellular concrete as the essential structural component of such housing systems. As Martin Marietta's Director of Low-Cost Housing, I was privileged to blend the integration of our corporation’s diverse technologies with those of a consortium comprised of Martin Marietta; Precast Systems, Inc.; United States Gypsum Corporation; C.F. Murphy Associates (architects and engineers); and Lennox Industries, Inc.

As a finalist in this competition, essential elements of our proposal would become prime facets of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s subsequent low-cost housing programs.