Modern Day Marine2018
Ron Ben-Zeev, President & CEO of Sanford (vicinity Orlando), Florida-based World Housing Solution, recalled his company was trying to make a difference in the non-profit and disaster relief world, providing shelter for people displaced by man-made or natural disasters. And then the company was discovered by the US Navy Seabees: “The service came to us and said they were aware that we made Rapidly Deployable Shelters (RDS) composite structures, can you make them bigger. We said, yes, and delivered our first structure to the Navy about seven years ago.”
That structure at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, has reportedly weathered two hurricanes and multiple tropical storms. The building was assembled in less than six hours by a team of 10 personnel. Being modular in design, World Housing Solution structures similar to that at Camp Shelby are delivered in a conex box, a flat-pack on a plane or on the back of a trailer.
“Everything in our structures are man-liftable,” the corporate leader emphasized, and cited an example of the reduced footprint of his product compared to another type of military shelter –a tent system. “We don’t need to worry about materiel handling or how those things operate. The unit we’re sitting in [in the Modern Day Marine exhibitor section] was built in less than 1-1/2 hours by a team of four in pouring rain. It has a 64lb [29kg] air conditioner compared to a tent here at MDM that has a 997lb air conditioner attached to it.”
As World Housing Solution structures are said not to mold, rot, or attract termites and other pests, “the system could be there for one year, 10 years or even 15 years – the life span of the structure is extremely long,” the industry executive said.
Mr Ben-Zeev went so far as to say: “We have made great strides in solving the logistical issue for the US military.”
Asked to justify that statement, the subject matter expert pointed to reductions of required power on the front lines, resulting from the energy efficiencies (construction materiel weight reduction, thermal transference, others) of its structures. And beyond that he noted his company offers, “the only structure in the US military that has a return on investment. We pay for ourselves, depending on the cost of fuel, in eight months to four years. We’re free after that.”
Additionally, as the RDS’s can be bought as equipment, it simplifies the acquisition process for the troops.
The company’s structures can also be found serving an increasing number of US military forces in sub-Saharan Africa (each at 3200 sqft) and other locations. “Through the US military we also just closed a foreign military sale with an undisclosed eastern European customer for a 12-building foreign operating base – a camp in a box,” the corporate leader concluded.