HabiTek is a BUILDING SYSTEM research, design, and development company focused on strategies to construct buildings that can resist damage, or collapse from the ravages of hurricanes, earthquakes, and localized flooding. To implement resilient building practices, HabiTek employs the obvious strength and utility of steel in all projects.
HabiTek has worked diligently for over 20 years to design and test transformative resilient structures, and has sponsored several full scale beta projects in Hawaii and Idaho, and the first all steel and concrete Adapt-1 now under assembly in Mexico.
Supplied by several world-class outsourcing channels, HabiTek is now prepared to sell direct to customers pre-engineered and prefabricated modular steel frame components for home building. It is important to appreciate that HabiTek is NOT a pre-fabricated home supplier. We provide steel frameworks that our customers can readily finish out.
All HabiTek’s projects are collaborations between a team of structural engineers, steel fabricators, multiple vendors, and, most importantly, our customers and their builder. HabiTek is now moving to identify potential partners in the United States who are qualified to license our technology for implementing housing developments in vulnerable regions, with an emphasis on Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, the Gulf Coast, and Hawaii. Given the recent devastating hurricanes Florence and Michael, we also hope to attract the attention of rebuilders in the Carolinas and the Florida Panhandle. Interested parties are welcome to contact us.
Last summer HabiTek assembled components for its newest resilient home, which has been designed to resist the extraordinary forces present near the southern end of the Baja Peninsula, Mexico. The Adapt-1 is a first for HabiTek: it is all galvanized STEEL AND CONCRETE construction. This was a customer requirement primarily due to the threat of hurricanes and termites, but also because of the impact a tropical marine environment has on wood construction.
All components have been delivered to the owner’s site and assembly is now underway. A home constructed of non-combustible materials, such as the Adapt-1, would also make sense in areas prone to wildfires such as those that tragically unfolded the past two years in California.
The above rendering is an approximation of how the Adapt-1 will appear when completed. The galvanized steel components were powder coated at a plant in North Idaho. The sand-colored exterior walls represent a stucco finish to be applied in the field on sandwich panels composed of fiber-cement board adhered to a continuous layer of rigid insulation. The exterior wall panels were included in the container shipment from Deer Park, WA to the site.
The Adapt-1 is being assembled in a remote subdivision north of San Josẻ del Cabo, overlooking the Sea of Cortez (aka Gulf of California). The site is well off-the-grid, so the owner will rely on roof mounted solar PV panels and a back-up generator for electricity.
The floor plan for the Adapt-1, illustrated above, encompasses 848 gross square feet. This area does not include the three decks, an option requested by the owner. In this instance, the steel studs and track used for exterior and interior framing was sourced in Spokane, and delivered to Mexico, along with HabiTek’s components, in the owner’s 20 foot container. Construction of the walls will take place on site in a largely conventional manner. All other elements, such as doors, windows, cabinetry, plumbing fixtures and electrical components, will be sourced by the owner locally in Mexico.
The orientation of this Adapt-1 on the owner’s site is, of course, determined by several elements, such as site access, contours and views. The plan shown can be mirrored in both directions, or two identical plans can be combined to form a duplex unit.