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.
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.