Workforce Housing!

The Problem

Oil & gas companies have a lot invested in their workforce, but living conditions in the rural areas where oilfields are located are Spartan at best. Housing shortages have led to sharp spikes in rental costs and the proliferation of “man camps,” trailer parks and other portable housing that is often cramped and noisy. Most workers living in these temporary shelters find it difficult to remain on the job for very long, so valuable training and skills are lost to the employer, who must continually find and train new workers to replace them.

The Solution

Using its one-of-a-kind off-site construction technology, GroundFORCE has been building much-needed quality residential housing for oilfield workers in the Eagle Ford Shale. The houses feature a structurally suspended concrete floor designed to be set in shifting soils, which is important in Texas where shifting soils often lead to costly foundation repairs. Although the buildings have an expected life span of more than 50 years, they are adaptable enough to deal with the unpredictability of the oilfield industry, since their use, size and location can change with the industry’s ups and downs.

Raising the roof

Raising the roof

Securing the roof

Securing the roof

Installing the electrical system

Installing the electrical system

Painting the trim

Painting the trim

Waiting for the delivery truck

Waiting for the delivery truck

Delivery to Site

Houses are transported to the development on special trucks using the GroundFORCE patented “air-ride” delivery method. Buildings travel only a few inches above the road, allowing for 9-10 foot ceiling heights, since they will easily clear underpasses and overpasses.

At the site, workers are ready to complete the home

Upon arrival at the site, workers are ready to complete the home

Exterior

The completed house is a two-bedroom, two-bath home, with a concrete foundation, insulation, soundproofing and landscaping.

A warm and welcoming environment

A warm and welcoming environment

Housing development in Karnes City, Texas

Interior

All houses feature stained concrete floors, ceiling fans and modern furnishings.

Interior

The main living area includes a flat-screen television, concrete countertops and quality appliances.

Bedroom

View from the bedroom into the kitchen

View from the bedroom into the bathroom

Both bathrooms feature tile walk-in showers and concrete countertops

Bedrooms have flat screen televisions and large closets

A washer-dryer unit comes with every unit

Second bedroom

The second bedroom features twin beds, chest of drawers, desk set and black-out curtains.

View from second bedroom into the bathroom