Local construction companies aim to almost double production of affordable housing
RAPID CITY, SD – The arrival of the B-21 Raider will bring thousands of Airmen and their families to Ellsworth Air Force Base.
Increase the size of the Box Elder community and provide growth opportunities for Black Hills businesses.
But this growth comes amid an already difficult housing situation.
“We haven’t seen that kind of growth, we haven’t seen, you know, the combination of a base, you know, the expansion of the Air Force base with natural growth, with a significant influx of people moving to this region, âsaid Kyle Treloar, vice president of Dream Design International.
Pressure is now mounting on construction companies who will be asked to almost double their current production to meet demand – not to mention the current demand for housing in the area with the recent growth of the Black Hills.
Treloar also pointed out that the current construction conditions also highlight the difficulty in areas of construction of schools and other buildings like hospitals and commercial buildings.
This problem is compounded by companies looking to recruit large numbers of workers – but the question remains – where will they live?
âWe are also seeing some of these trades moving into this area, so as we continue to see this additional demand, we will have more people moving to meet it,â Treloar said. “It goes back, though, to this affordable housing and where these extra people can live, which is yet another issue.”
Resources such as timber prices further complicate construction operations.
This fluctuation in prices and demand even delays projects.
âSome projects have been canceled or put on hold due to the cost of materials,â said Mike Arnold, director of marketing at Scull Construction. âIt’s a little better now, but it’s still not great. We still have a lot of requests. “
Despite the growing challenges, companies say that partnerships among themselves are their best asset.
âWhen we all have the same goals and work together through these partnerships, that’s when we see the most success,â said Treloar.
Black Hills construction companies planning ahead to solve housing growth problem.