NYC Emergency Housing Prototype

NYC Emergency Housing Prototype
May 19, 2020 Charly Ligety

NYC Emergency Housing Prototype

Developed for the New York City Office of Emergency Management, Garrison Architects was hired to design a modular post-disaster housing prototype for displaced city residents in the event of a catastrophic natural or man-made disaster. The multi-story, multi-family units can be deployed in less than 15 hours, in various arrangements calibrated for challenging urban conditions. With 1- and 3-bedroom configurations, every unit features a living area, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and storage space. Units are built with completely recyclable materials and can be equipped with a photovoltaic panels.

  • Concept Owner / Company: Garrison Architects
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  • Quoted Total Cost: $156,000
  • Quote’s Total Interior Square Footage: 780 sqft
  • Quote Sleeps # People/Beds: 6 beds
  • Quote Includes # Units: 1 units
  • In Stock / Ready to Ship Today: No


Used for shelter before? Yes
Used for shelter in the U.S.? Yes
If so, list examples Brooklyn, NY
Prior use comments
Building experience comments Since 1991, Garrison Architects has pursued modular construction to solve the problems of sustainability, affordability and rapid growth. Its strengths are inherent material efficiency, economy of scale and built-in quality control. In our hands it has proved a powerful method for making humane, technologically advanced buildings.
Intended use cases Post Disaster Housing
R-value (insulation) 21-30
Risk Category II
Roof Load (PSF) 0
Indoor Clearance Height (ft) 8
Waterproof? Yes
Professional Engineer Stamp?
Conforms to ICC’s Temporary Structure and Uses Code Conforms to IBC permanent structure and NYC 2014 Code
Other Structural/Safety Comments
Sustainability/Green Building Certifications?
Materials Used/Made of:
Disassembly/Assembly Comments: Disassembly is possible
Ideal Mounting Surfaces Other
Anchoring Process Custom Foundation


Item Cost ($) Notes
Materials $
Labor $
Delivery $
One Bedroom Module $96000 480 SF @ $200/sf
Two Bedroom Module $60000 300 SF @ $200/sf
Stair Module $ $30000 per story (up to 4 stories)
Budget Total $156000
Total Per Bed $26000
Total Per Unit $156000
Add-on Items Customized number of units, furnishing, and cladding variation.
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Possible Delivery Method(s) Over-sized trailer


Design (days) Depending on site
Production (days) It depends
Site Prep (days) 1
Delivery (days) 1
Total (days) 2
Amount in Inventory (#) n/a
Production Capacity n/a
Production Location Designed so it can be produced by various manufacturers (preferably locally)
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