Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Autovol Plans Automated Modular Factory in Idaho

Prefab Logic, in conjunction with Autovol™ ownership, is leading the development of a revolutionary, first-of-its-kind factory that will set an entirely new benchmark for automated volumetric modular construction. The factory will be based in Idaho’s Treasure Valley, and will operate under the name Autovol. The Autovol factory will establish best-in-class standards for a new category of smart construction.


The Autovol factory will be located on a 52-acre site on Star Road in Nampa, Idaho. Prefab Logic is designing the factory in partnership with a leading factory robotics development company soon to be announced. The Autovol model will further solve the affordable housing crisis by providing a dedicated, high-capacity factory for multi-unit modular projects.

For Prefab Logic co-founders Curtis Fletcher and Rick Murdock, the Autovol factory is the next big step in their growing investment in the modular industry.


“Autovol will greatly accelerate the big and positive impact on cost and productivity that current volumetric modular construction already delivers to our projects,” Fletcher said. “This factory will create new breakthroughs in construction speed, capacity, efficiency, and excellence.”

Murdock will lead Autovol as its CEO. Effective January 1, 2019, Murdock’s roles and responsibilities at Prefab Logic will be assumed by new Vice President of Operations, Doug Pill. Already a leader in volumetric modular innovation, Prefab Logic helps factory owners and developers design, develop, and run volumetric modular construction factories, with several other major factory projects completed and in the works. Once Autovol is developed, Prefab Logic will foster a network of affiliate factories and share key automated construction technology and learnings gained.

“Autovol will open up with automation far beyond what’s being done in any modular factory today. It’s Construction 3.0,” Murdock said. “Prefab Logic experts have worked-in, designed, operated, and studied today’s best-in-class modular factories worldwide. We’ve enjoyed our role as modular pioneers, and we’re thrilled with what this next pioneering phase will do for communities that need affordable housing as well as developers and factory owners ready to change the game.”

Construction preparations at the Autovol site began in October, 2018. The factory is set to be operational in early 2020.

Prefab Logic is a leader in volumetric modular consulting based in Boise, Idaho. Prefab Logic provides independent design, manufacturing, and factory startup services built on decades of successful real-world experience with all phases of volumetric modular construction. More information at www.prefablogic.com

Autovol™ is the name and operating entity of the innovative automated volumetric modular construction factory currently in development in Nampa, Idaho. Autovol is being designed and developed by Prefab Logic, a leading volumetric modular construction consultancy based in Boise, Idaho.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...


It is hard to believe that one of the biggest announcements in the volumetric modular industry has been greeted with yawns. This is a 400,000/sf robotic factory. To the best of knowledge it is the only one of it's kind in this country. This factory is being developed by people who are actually in the industry of volumetric modular construction and have been for decades. I am amazed.

Anonymous said...

NOT BE ! From factory to builders we are a head in the sand kind of group. Otherwise factories would embrace some degree of technology in plants and builders would insist on reducing lead times with advance technology in plants. Building under a roof the same way its done in the field is not a continuing argument that modular is better if the backlog delivery stretches past standard site timelines. Oh East Coast factories will decry we build custom not production. Maybe its time to match the site developers ( who outsource construction on their land ) with limited alternate plans and options to increase production.

Unknown said...

Look forward to updates on this project. The factory built housing industry has progresssded little in the 49 years I have been involved in it. Caustiously optomistic that this may be a defining moment in this industries evolution. Quality product at reasonable pricing and a process experience that delivers on the promis.

Unknown said...

Look forward to updates on this project. The factory built housing industry has progresssded little in the 49 years I have been involved in it. Caustiously optomistic that this may be a defining moment in this industries evolution. Quality product at reasonable pricing and a process experience that delivers on the promis.