Engineering startup WoHo is partnering with Arup to explore ways to increase efficiency and scalability in off-site construction. The first pilot project is scheduled for next year in Boston, with a goal of developing a system to “help urban planners and developers address some of the most pressing challenges faced by today’s cities,” says Mark Walsh-Cooke, principal and project director at Arup.
WoHo was founded by a group of engineers, designers and architects with ties to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Georgia Tech. The start-up, which is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has raised US$4.5m (£3.4m) in seed funding to advance pilot projects in the USA.
A multidisciplinary team from Arup is working with WoHo and its energy and environmental consultants to develop energy-efficient and scalable solutions in structural, mechanical, electrical and public health engineering. The team is providing consulting services for compliance with building codes and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A pilot project is slated to kick off in Boston in 2021, aimed at putting the team a step closer to achieving its goal of revolutionising the way prefabricated buildings are designed and constructed.
Arup principal and project director Mark Walsh-Cooke said: “Arup is committed to sustainable development and we are proud to collaborate with clients like WoHo who are aiming to provide housing which both is affordable and has a low carbon footprint.
By making prefabricated construction more economical, sustainable and scalable, the WoHo system could help urban planners and developers address some of the most pressing challenges faced by today’s cities.”READ MORE