Marmol Radziner Prefab, the offshoot of the L.A. architectural firm, is best known for high-end modular homes, some of which cost upward of $2 million.
But its latest project takes a different tack. Marrying the often disparate concepts of "green" and "affordable," Marmol Radziner has partnered with Golden West Homes and the city of Santa Monica to install 20 prefab units in the Mountain View Mobile Home Park.
The units range from 400 to 1,000 square feet and can incorporate green features such as rooftop solar panels, solar hot-water heaters and Energy Star appliances, as well as Solatube and compact fluorescent lighting, rain barrels, compost bins and vertical green screens for small-space gardening.
In their basic configuration, the units cost $60 per square foot to manufacture. Add the full complement of green upgrades and the price doubles.
The first prefab home arrived last month. Two more were delivered Tuesday. All 20 of the homes will be installed by the end of March, officials said, and residents will be moved in by April.
"For prefab to really work as a concept and as a business, you need to do it on projects such as this one with repetition and multiple volume," Marmol Radziner Prefab Chief Operating Officer Todd Jerry said. "Combining prefab at an affordable price point and doing it with green features, in our opinion, is the ultimate application of prefab. It's the opposite end of the spectrum from where we've been working."
Photo and illustration: Marmol Radziner Prefab homes in Santa Monica's Mountain View Mobile Home Park. Credit: Marmol Radziner Prefab
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