Modern Living Solutions by Greystar

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Written by Amy Fitzgerald
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Edited by Sarah Claire Eleazer
Thought Leadership June 21, 2023

Introducing Modern Living Solutions by Greystar

Greystar’s Modern Living Solutions business is focused on addressing the chronic undersupply of housing by delivering design-conscious and cost-effective modular apartments while combining development, construction, and modular manufacturing in a vertically integrated business. 

Manufacturing the modules in a factory-controlled environment means that projects can be delivered up to 50 percent faster than traditional construction with less external risk presented by factors including weather, labor shortages, or on-site safety concerns. With sustainable designs, efficient usage of materials, and speed of construction, MLS units will have a smaller carbon footprint than traditionally built projects. Through a one-of-a-kind process, roughly 80 percent less waste will be produced compared to traditional builds. 


Launching the Modern Living Solutions Factory in Knox, PA

This past April, Greystar proudly launched the MLS flagship manufacturing facility for our modular construction business, Modern Living Solutions (“MLS”), focusing on attainable and sustainable housing. Several Greystar executives and team members traveled to western Pennsylvania to partake in the ribbon-cutting ceremony in Knox where MLS will be hiring 140 full-time employees to execute the ramp-up and operations of the modular factory.  




Implementing MLS Build & Design 

The units currently produced at the Knox plant will go to MLS' first project, Ltd. Spring Run in Coraopolis, PA, made up of 312 units across seven buildings. In an interview with the Clarion News, Rick Weston, Senior Director of Modern Living Solutions, commented on the structure of MLS buildings, saying, "Once the building is finished, it looks like a standard apartment with very few identifiers that would say these are built modularly. And what the tenant ends up with is a high-end living experience."



“Our number one complaint in apartments is sound, and so what we're able to do is truncate that by both the wall design that's unique with a modular, but also with a separated floor/ceiling assembly, so that impact sound you get from high heels or kids playing is all mitigated within the design.”

- Andy Mest, Managing Director of Modern Living Solutions


The MLS corporate office is located in Baltimore, MD, and as mentioned, the first factory is located in Knox, PA. Initially, the factory will serve the Mid-Atlantic region, particularly 30 to 45 minutes outside major metropolitan areas like Pittsburgh, PA, and Baltimore, MD. The intention is to address the housing scarcity faced by essential workers residing in these regions. 

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