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KATERRA, 542 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA, USA

Date and Time

Tuesday, June 12 2018 - 5:30 PM

Event Details

One of our more fascinating events, SPIRE members and guests sat down with Craig Curtis, the President of Katerra Architecture; William Caramella, Director of Integrated Design; Elle Dinares Cardenal (BA '11), Program Manager; and Marlo Dowell, Director of Program Management; to learn how Katerra is disrupting the design and construction industry.

Katerra is a Menlo Park-based construction startup with a $3 billion valuation. (You don’t typically hear startup and $3 billion valuation in the same sentence. And, yes, you read it right.)

Katerra’s secret is utilizing tech in construction to streamline the building process with supply-chain know-how.

Katerra’s goal is to help build construction projects faster and at lower costs by controlling all aspects of the process from design through construction. Materials are meant to arrive at building sites only when they’re needed and are ready to assemble.

Eastern Washington will be the location of one of Katerra’s manufacturing facilities, where it will manufacture cross laminated timber (CLT) which is said to be strong enough to replace concrete and steel.

The firm is focused on five types of residential buildings: multifamily, student, senior, hospitality and single-family homes.

After an informative session, the group toured the Maker Shop where the company designs and creates some of the smaller components for their designs. Then it was on to Elysian Fields, conveniently located on the first floor of Katerra's building, for eats and local beer.