Unique Building Project in Greenville County to Support Need for Lower Income Housing Across Upstate

Georgia-based BMarko Structures has launched its first wood modular multifamily project in Greenville County, South Carolina to build modules that ultimately will add 190 lower-income apartments to help address the Upstate’s pressing need for affordable housing.

BMarko will create a modular manufacturing facility from scratch in a large warehouse in Greenville, located at 3309 Laurens Road, utilizing prefabricated jigs made in its Dacula, Georgia headquarters and then shipped to Greenville to install. With the jigs installed, BMarko will create a pipeline of modules extremely close to the final apartment community site, greatly reducing transportation costs while ensuring the speed and quality that come with traditional modular construction.

Among the submodules to be assembled and finished for installation at the Greenville site and later installed at the final apartment location will be kitchens, hallways and powder rooms, bathrooms, closets, and walls. The concurrent manufacturing process of all parts allows for the fastest production lead times in the modular industry, reducing cost and ensuring consistent quality. Mudding, painting, and insulation are completed at the manufacturing facility, shipped to the project site and prepared for final production and customer delivery.

Once completed at the Greenville facility, the 325 modules for the 190 apartment homes, which will be in 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom options and average approximately 1,000 square feet each, will be shipped to their final destination, installed onsite and finished for residential occupancy. The site for the initial 190-apartment site is located at 561 Wofford Street Spartanburg, SC.

BMarko, which has partnered with such organizations as Marriott, Coca Cola, Georgia Tech, the City of Atlanta, and Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency among others, has developed unique expertise in wood modular construction (as in the Greenville facility), for apartments, senior housing, and student housing. The company has also developed deep experience in shipping container modification facilities and steel modular construction facilities serving industrial, healthcare, food service and other industry verticals. BMarko’s projects have been completed and installed in more than 20 states across the country, with heavy focus in the Southeastern United States.

“BMarko believes that wood modular building is ideal for multi-family structures up to five levels high, including townhouses, condominiums, duplexes and even housing for remote and traveling workers,” said Tommy Rakes, President of BMarko Structures Wood Modular Division. “In communities like Upstate South Carolina where a shortage of affordable housing is a significant issue, towns and cities are turning to modular construction to resolve the problem. The modular process saves time and money, ensures high quality standards, and prevents congested areas from becoming disruptive construction zones for months on end.”

The company is currently hiring both experienced and novice construction teams to fill out the new Greenville facility team. Positions in demand include carpenters, drywall hangers and finishers, electricians and plumbers, flooring and cabinet installers, painters, caulkers, and general laborers. Career information can be found here.

Founded in 2014, BMarko’s mission is to change how construction is done. The company seeks to produce buildings in a controlled production environment where design is integrated with manufacturing, which in turn is integrated with assembly and onsite work. By completing up to 90% of the buildings in its factories in Atlanta and near the installation sites, BMarko takes workers out of the jobsite and into a controlled environment -- expediting the process, ensuring quality, and delivering high value and reduced cost.

Since its founding in mid-2001, the GADC team’s efforts have resulted in the announcement of more than 30,000 new jobs and in excess of $5.9 billion in capital investment in Greenville County. To learn more, please visit www.goGADC.com or call (864) 235-2008. To learn more about workforce opportunities, visit www.jobsingreenvillesc.com.


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