Builder plans Windsor prefab, modular factory

WINDSOR -- Nine years after starting a modular building manufacturing division of his Santa Rosa-based construction group, Jeff Luchetti plans to take that business to a much higher level with a 45,000-square-foot factory set to open at the former Standard Structures property this fall.

[caption id="attachment_94875" align="alignleft" width="134"] Jeff Luchetti (credit: Jeff Luchetti Construction)[/caption]

Since leasing the former Redbuilt truss production building along Highway 101 in late May, JL Modular, Inc., has been working to outfit it to produce modular and prefabricated structures for use in the division's projects as well as for jobs under way by the other two divisions, commercial general contractor Jeff Luchetti Construction and JL Builders custom homes.

"The biggest thing for us is to have more control, save money and time, and reduce risk," said Jeff Luchetti. Adding a factory gives the company vertical integration, both as a manufacturer of structures and a builder, he said.

[caption id="attachment_94910" align="alignleft" width="225"] JL Modular says prefabricating roof sections, shown here, in the factory speeds construction at the job site. (credit: JL Modular)[/caption]

A major market for JL Modular now is education, building permanent-quality relocatable buildings for schools dealing with fluctuating enrollment and needing more classrooms built over summer. The timeframe for standard classroom construction can be six to eight months for design and approval by the Division of the State Architect and another eight to 12 months for construction. Modulars can get state precheck approval in one to two months and be completed in 10 to 12 weeks.

But there are markets beyond schools, namely multifamily housing and hospitality. JL Modular was already involved in high-end housing with the Carneros Homes project, bringing $2 million homes to the Carneros Inn development southwest of Napa.

[caption id="attachment_94876" align="alignleft" width="450"] Modular buildings also can be built in 3-D sections with roof, walls and floor. (credit: JL Modular)[/caption]

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