CAN PREFAB HOMES SOLVE THE HOUSING CRISIS: How modern prefab housing is revolutionizing development in the Bay Area

Date November 6, 2018
Location Silicon Valley Capital Club
Time 11:30AM - 1:00PM


Across the Bay Area, there’s a lot of buzz around the term “prefab.” Also called modular units, these homes are viewed as cheaper and quicker to build – but can they really solve the housing crisis? In this panel, you’ll meet three experts designing, building and thinking about this potential game changer. We’ll look at what it takes to design a successful modular project; how developers are successfully overcoming hurdles; and what the future holds for this innovative construction method. As modular construction promises to be increasingly central to all types of construction – including commercial real estate – you won’t want to miss this insightful panel discussion.

Regina Celestin Williams, First Community Housing

Regina is director of development for First Community Housing, responsible for securing funding for and managing the design and development of First Community Housing’s affordable housing pipeline. Prior to joining FCH, Mrs. Celestin was a member of the National Development Council’s East Team providing housing and economic development consulting services to several East Coast municipalities and leading NDC’s green initiatives. She has also worked at the National Housing Trust, structuring the financing for and overseeing the rehabilitation of affordable housing properties while employing green construction features. She is currently overseeing construction of Second Street Studios, a 135-unit modular project in San Jose. Regina received her Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors in Urban Studies from Stanford University.

Pam Dorr, Soup

Pam Dorr is Director of Affordable Housing for Soup, a Menlo Park nonprofit that works on big problems like poverty, education, and public health. There, she runs Soup’s “Blocks” program, which aims to bring thousands of cottages to Bay Area backyards. Pam comes to the Bay Area from Greensboro, Alabama, where she headed up a profit that launched numerous small businesses – including HERObike, which manufactures stylish bikes out of bamboo; and PieLab, a pie business built on family recipes. She also worked to develop a sustainable house that costs just $20,000 in partnership with Rural Studio, a project of Auburn University. Before getting involved in community development, she was a project manager with Victoria’s Secret and Baby Gap. She has a degree in liberal arts from San Francisco State University.

Allison Arieff, SPUR

Allison Arieff is editorial director at SPUR, the urban planning think tank. She’s also a must-read contributing columnist to The New York Times since 2006, writing about architecture, design and cities. She is a former editor-at-large for GOOD and Sunset magazines and from 2006–2008 was senior content lead for the global design and innovation firm IDEO. She was editor-in-chief of Dwell (and was the magazine’s founding senior editor) until 2006. Allison is the co-author of two books relevant to this topic: Prefab showcases innovative homes and provides a history of the prefab housing movement; Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America, examines the development of America’s mobile-home culture. She holds a masters degree in art history from UC Davis and bachelors degrees from UCLA.

Beth Rhodes, Dome Construction


Beth Rhodes leads Business Development and Customer Success initiatives for Dome Construction’s South Bay office. She brings over 10 years of industry experience, providing best-in-class construction services to companies in multiple market sectors, including corporate interiors, healthcare, biotech, and education. She is a San Jose native who is passionate about finding solutions to the multifaceted issues facing our region. She does this through her active involvement on the Board of Directors for the Silicon Valley Organization and her participation in CREW Silicon Valley.

11:30 A.M. Registration & buffet lunch | 12:00 NOON Program begins

50 W San Fernando St, Suite 1700
San Jose, CA 95113

CREW Members $40  |  Nonmembers $90
Register by Thursday, November 1, 2018*

*$10 late fee for registrations received after 11/1 or at the door.

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If you have questions, please contact Michelle L. Goudeaux at (650)324-3805 or Chris Blair at (785)832-1808.