Rapid-build Technology to Ease Housing Shortage in Boomtown Williston, North Dakota

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The housing needs of families in the oil boomtown of Williston, North Dakota are being helped with the use of modular construction technology. Confluence, a Colorado-based real estate development group, is managing the project.

Housing unit under construction in oil boomtown of Williston, North Dakota.

We are providing quality construction for a workforce in desperate need of housing.

A Colorado-based real estate development group is stepping up to meet the needs of families in oil boomtown Williston, North Dakota, with a building that will rise from foundation to completion in a matter of weeks with the use of modular construction technology.

The Confluence at Harvest Hills apartments will be a high quality, 10-building, 270-unit apartment complex on 15 acres in Williston’s attractive Harvest Hills area. Designed to be family-friendly and energy efficient, the units will range from one to three bedrooms, and will be conveniently located within an easy commute to schools, shopping, medical, and transportation centers.

“Williston is the hub of the oil industry’s activity in the Bakken oil formation, which has created a big need for housing,” said Samuel Haviland, Vice President of Business Development for Confluence. “We are developing a housing project that raises the bar on quality construction, and provides a family-oriented environment for a workforce that all too often deals with the strain of being away from spouses and children.”

The first apartment building section was constructed in a single 24-hour period spanning May 14 and 15, in a strategically planned process that involved stacking 12 factory-built sections together three stories high, and connecting them side-by-side. The entire building will be completed over the coming weeks, with anticipated occupancy occurring on or before August 1, 2012. A series of subsequent buildings are planned to come online over the next 12 months.

Chief Custom Homes, a division of Chief Industries that manufactures factory built homes, is the project’s construction provider. Modules for the buildings are currently being trucked to Williston, for crane-assembly on site. “Chief Custom Homes is one of the leading modular manufacturers in the country,” said Rick Buckendorf, Eaglesmere’s Vice President of Operations. “Chief provides the level of quality we need, and the capacity to expand the rate of production in the future.”

Located just south of the Canadian border, Williston has made national headlines as a town that shirked the economic recession, and instead exploded with oil industry-related jobs waiting to be filled. The population boom has created a severe housing crisis, with workers renting rooms boarding house-style, and sleeping in tents, campers, and even their cars due to a lack of available accommodations.

Confluence is designed and developed to attract more spouses and children to the area, which will help to maintain Williston’s family-oriented culture. “Currently we have a lot of men moving up here to take (oil industry) jobs,” Haviland said. “This project will allow them to bring their families, as well.”

For additional information, contact Samuel “Sandy” Haviland, at (701) 4-HOUSE-8 or (701) 446-8738.

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