Multistory Affordable Housing

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Multistory Affordable Housing

RPM Team

Based on technologies currently utilized in Antarctica, this multi-story solution reduces on-site labor with easy connections to utilities, the foundations, and each other.

Conceptual Idea Only


100 residents / 100 bedrooms

$80,000 / resident

Long-Term/Permanent (15+ years)

45 days offsite 45 days onsite

All homeless service providers and operators carry a desire, the same goal for all their guests, that at the end of the day, everyone who experiences homelessness will become successful in society.

The greatest challenge beyond shelters, navigation centers and transitional housing is permanent housing. Having an independent edifice builds that sense of purpose and ownership that encourages the responsibility we hope all will carry as we continue to help those who need a lifting hand.

RPM realizes it is time for a paradigm shift in constructing low cost permanent housing that’s as pleasing for an occupant, as it is for the neighbors. Imagine a multiple dwelling housing campus for up to 85% less costs than current conventional construction methods. For between $65,000 and $80,000 per unit or apartment, we can begin to provide permanent housing for our current homeless guests…and that’s a fully integrated and well-appointed apartment!

This is nothing new, as RPM brings transitional housing from worldwide workplaces, our permanent housing solution is also based on technologies currently utilized in, of all places, Antarctica! These stacked containers are fully reconstructed, with insulated walls, appropriate flooring, furnishings, kitchen, bathroom with shower, HVAC and the security of being part of a community that could be 400 strong. Container sizes of 8’ x 20’, 8’ x 40’ and 8’ x 45’ can fit into narrow spaces and can be stacked vertically with a corresponding bolt-assembly modular stair system and/or ADA ramps and elevators.

Designed for modules of 100, and arriving fully equipped and furnished, multiple dwellings reduce site construction costs because they’re built off site and footings are easier to plan. Easily dropped into place and connected to a utility system and each other. Fire rated applications allow the containers to be adjacent to existing facilities without additional building upgrades.

  • Quoted Total Cost: $8,000,000
  • Planned Occupancy (1 person/bed): 100 beds
  • Estimated Cost Per Bed: $80,000
  • Quote’s Total Interior Square Footage: 40,000 sqft
  • Quote Includes # Units: 100 units
  • Used for Shelter Before: Yes, examples in the U.S.
  • Readiness: Nearly Ready (Prior Use Cases)
  • In Stock / Ready to Ship Today: Yes
  • Manufacturer Identified and Available: N/A
  • Setup Speed: <90 days
  • Setup Difficulty: High skill
  • % Built Onsite: 50% – Some Prefab Parts Assembled On-Site/Flat Pack
  • Portability: Portable (after major disassembly)
  • Intended Use of Shelter: Long Term/Permanent (15+ years)
Design Advantages Fast and modular in nature which allows for quick zoning and planning development, with off site inspection to further speed up the process. Pre-engineered system to develop utility requirements ahead of design to offer faster site selection and planning processes. Flexible exterior aesthetics to speed up design review processes.
Manufacturer Identified Yes
Used for shelter in the U.S.? Yes
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R-value (insulation) 21-30
Risk Category III
Roof Load (PSF) 40
Indoor Clearance Height (ft) 8
Waterproof? Yes
Professional Engineer Stamp? Stamped in all 50 states.
Conforms to ICC’s Temporary Structure and Uses Code Yes.
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Sustainability / Green Building Certifications?
Materials Used / Made of: Shipping containers.
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Ideal Mounting Surfaces Other
Anchoring Process Designed concrete foundation.
Item Cost ($) Notes
Materials $4,000,000
Labor $4,000,000
Delivery $ Included
Budget Total $8,000,000
Total Per Bed $80,000
Total Per Unit $80,000
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Possible Delivery Method(s) Regular-sized trailer
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