Black Buffalo 3D’s NextCon printer breaking ground on the first Project Virginia home. Photo courtesy Alquist 3D.
By: Quinn Purcell, Associate Editor of Construction Utopia, May 18, 2022
In the world’s largest 3D printed construction project, Alquist plans to build 200 homes throughout Virginia in the next five years.
Alquist, the construction company that built the first 3D printed house in Virginia, as well as Habitat for Humanity’s first occupied 3D printed home, has announced their latest venture: Two-hundred affordable homes across rural Virginia.
To kick off Project Virginia, Alquist began construction of the initial two 3D printed homes in Pulaski, Va. This was following the company’s project announcement event at the end of last April.
Zack Mannheimer, Founder & CEO of Alquist, aims to print several of these Virginia homes by the end of the year, while also beginning projects in at least four other states (though specific numbers are TBD).
3D PRINTING HOMES THAT ARE AFFORDABLE
Alquist’s mission is to solve the housing shortage in rural and underserved areas of America. Utilizing the power of the NextCon printer—developed by key partner Black Buffalo 3D—Alquist looks to save 30% off the cost of a traditional house in the next two years.
Today, the savings of a 3D printed home aren’t as significant—about 5-10% in savings, according to Mannheimer. Even still, the current need for affordable housing is extreme, and Alquist wants to be a driver of change.