Construction costs can be addressed for all of these typologies by embracing modular methods. The opportunities modular construction provide include a reduction in construction costs, construction crew size, and time while providing versatility of design and scaling.
Modular construction is estimated to cost around $65 - $150 per square foot, versus the $220 - $275 square foot cost of stick-built construction in Port St. Joe. This can be attributed to the quicker construction time, and less reliance on local materials which are more expensive. Although modular housing has been around for over 100 years, it is still not widely adopted. Some communities worry about loss of jobs in the construction industry.
The next step of our proposal is creating the One PSJ community campaign, with the goal of streamlining ideas from citizens and stakeholders on how to solve the housing issue. The campaign will ensure consistent communication between all stakeholders and the general public in developing and maintaining a common vision for the future of the city.
It will also feature a branding campaign that unites various groups of the population from different socioeconomic backgrounds. With the slogan “One Vision, One Future, One Port Saint Joe”, the campaign will emphasize social inclusivity and is future oriented. The 1PSJ campaign will spread a succinct image of what the city stands for to residents of Port St. Joe and beyond, a vehicle to bring new stakeholders into the local economy.