IRONMAN Foundation Donating $100K Toward 3D Printed Houses in Panama City

2019-05-07 | News Herald

May 07-- May 7 -- PANAMA CITY -- The IRONMAN Foundation announced Tuesday it would be providing a $100,000 humanitarian relief grand to the city of Panama City's Community Development office to help fund 3D concrete printers to "print" affordable housing.

" Bay County has a desperate need for safe and affordable housing as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018 ," said Michael Johnson , Director of Community Development /CRA, in a statement. "In the immediate aftermath of major disasters like Michael, the need for affordable housing to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people becomes more acute. The innovative 3D smart homes we are planning need to be developed in well-designed communities to replace the housing shortages created by the recent storm. With the IRONMAN Foundation's generous donation of $100,000 , we will be allowed to be the first in the area to apply this type of new, innovative technology. Thank you IRONMAN Foundation!"

Hurricane Michael devastated the areas housing, leaving an immediate need for sturdy, affordable housing options that can be assembled quickly and, critically, with little manpower, as labor is at a premium. 3D-printed concrete houses has been floated as an option, with local entrepreneurs pursuing the idea.

In addition to the grant funding, the IRONMAN Foundation , in partnership with FLO Cycling, will host a "Bike for a Kid" pop-up service project in the IRONMAN Village on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10 . IRONMAN® 70.3® Gulf Coast athletes, along with their families and friends, are invited to visit the IRONMAN Foundation booth to assemble a bike for local kids in need. A total of 300 bikes will be built and distributed to children within the region in conjunction with IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast on May 11 and IRONMAN Florida on November 2 .

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