Sunday, August 21, 2011


A massive Mare Island industrial building near Vallejo, CA soon may emerge from years of dormancy with the help of Blu Homes, the MA modular home company that is a rising star in the Eco-friendly home building business.

The Building 680 on Nimitz Ave., a glassy-walled former submarine machine shop, is being eyed by a Massachusetts-based modular home manufacturer, according to officials for Mare Island's developer.  The 250,000-square-foot property underwent some $4.5 million of environmental remediation to return the building to manufacturing use. 

Building 680 in Vallejo, CA
Blu Homes is looking to expand its operations to meet a reportedly growing need for its products on the West Coast and Canada. The company, founded in 2007, has maintained a sales office in San Francisco since last year.  A Blu Homes spokeswoman did not specify how many jobs would be created with the company's arrival. 
I find it interesting that Blu Homes is coming to CA to build modular homes with designs they purchased from Michelle Kaufmann’s defunct modular home factory.  They sued MK Designs over the plans but I have never heard the outcome of the lawsuit.  If anyone knows what happened to it, please leave a comment.
"The company has been growing very fast and there would certainly be new jobs created," Dana Smith, Blu Homes'

The company advertises itself as certifiable under the environment-friendly Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard. Blu Homes aims to be "green" with foldable home components for easier shipping and setup, and energy-efficient final products.

Lennar Mare Island officials are in the process of seeking permits from city departments and commissions in order to prepare Building 680 for use by the home builder.


William said...

I wish Blu Homes the best of luck in this new venture. I think this is a great location for a modular plant. I was in this building several years ago looking at it for a possible modular facility. As with most projects location is key and this is a VERY good location.

Michael Wright said...

That is funny about the "MK" lawsuit. However, very thankful for the job creations, even a couple dozen will help, but hopefully more.