Blu Homes, Inc., a leading provider of premium prefab homes, announced that it is relocating the company‚Äôs corporate headquarters to Mare Island in Vallejo, California.
Blu, which has until now been headquartered in Waltham, MA, will be moving to a new headquarters in a historic building at 1245 Nimitz on Mare Island.
The building, known as Building 680, had a major role in the rebuilding of America‚Äôs¬†Pacific Fleet after Pearl Harbor. It was at the heart of the¬†Mare Island Naval Shipyard’s shipbuilding and repair works during WWII.
The 1940 building is also an architectural gem and a part of the Mare Island Historic District. It was used as a machine ship until the mid-1990s, and has since been dormant until Blu Homes took it up in 2012 for a factory.
Blu CEO Bill Haney said that two decades after closing down, this elegant building now centers a new vision for premium home building and green manufacturing in America. He credited the tremendous work by Lennar‚Äôs Mare Island team in cleaning up and repositioning the landmark for the innovation economy.
Jason Keadjian, spokesperson for Lennar Mare Island, said Vallejo has always been a place where hardworking people and creative ideas have come together to build great things. He said Blu Homes is continuing that tradition on Mare Island, and they were proud to have the company as a major part of the growing business community.
Haney added that they began with the facility on Mare Island two years ago with 20 factory employees, but with this move they will now have more than 260 engineers, craftspeople, architects and professionals for project management, product development and the business side of the company.
Until this consolidation announcement, Blu Homes‚Äô operations were widely dispersed, with their headquarters in Massachusetts, factory on Mare Island and offices in San Francisco.
Blu Homes COO Woody Bell said that by moving the headquarters to Mare Island and bringing all their business units under one roof, they will be able to increase collaboration and enhance innovation.
On Jan 27, the company also broke ground on a design center on Mare Island, preceded by a groundbreaking for another design center a couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles. Blu Homes is planning to set five more design homes in select cities across the U.S. this year and the next.
Blu Homes was founded in 2008 by Bill Haney, and the prefab homes they produce are built to be LEED certifiable using sustainably sourced raw materials such as recycled steel and reclaimed wood, and the homes are equipped with energy-efficient appliances. The Blu factory on Mare Island is a zero-landfill facility.
For home owners, there is a 70 percent average energy savings difference between a Blu Home and an ordinary stick built home.