Construction: Novato game maker builds Petaluma 'mocap' studio

Novato-based 2K, a video-game publishing label of New York-based Take-Two Interactive Software (Nasdaq: TTWO), is expanding its North Bay development studios for the second time in the past several months. The company has leased nearly 15,000-square-feet of warehouse space on Cypress Drive in Petaluma that is being transformed into a motion-capture studio, or "mocap" in industry lingo.

A company spokesman declined to comment further on the project.

Motion capture is a method used in movies and video games to provide natural-looking movements for computer-generated characters. Cameras and instruments capture movements of actors, who commonly wear suits with special markers on them to track motion. In the past few years, 2K publicly has touted its mocap work with sports celebrities at the Novato studios.

Last fall, 2K expanded its headquarters and two development studios by 30 percent at the Hamilton Landing office park in Novato. [See "Game publisher makes big Novato expansion," Oct. 1.]***

[caption id="attachment_73045" align="alignleft" width="270"] HybridCore Homes founders Shaun Faber, Otis Orsburn and Kevin Farrell received a National Modular Housing Council award in April.[/caption]

Santa Rosa-based HybridCore Homes is garnering orders and building industry accolades for its factory-built room modules designed significantly reduce onsite construction time and trades scheduling.

The company has several hundred modules in planing or production for Midwest and California projects, according to Otis Orsburn, vice president of construction. HybridCore ( is designing and consultating on apartment projects in the rapidly growing North Dakota city of Williston. The first phase of Prairie Vista Apartments will have 81 units with 72 modules, called "Cores," when completed this year. The second phase is expected to follow soon thereafter with 324 apartments and 312 Cores.

[caption id="attachment_73046" align="alignright" width="270"] This Los Altos house was built around a large HybridCore module.[/caption]

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