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Construction Underway at ‘Caterpillar’ Quonset Housing Project

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Major progress is underway at Prince Concepts’ newest Detroit Quonset hut housing project known as ‘The Caterpillar’.

The real estate development company posted the first photos of the construction of the building, which shows that the assembly of the arches is almost complete.

“We must nail the landscape and execution, but right now, we’re feeling good with a solid lead going into halftime,” the company said on Instagram.

According to Prince Concepts, The Caterpillar will have six special residential units and two live/work units in one large 46’ wide x 192’ long SteelMaster Q-Model hut.

Steel arches with cut outs for skylights
Inside construction of “The Caterpillar,” the newest Quonset hut housing project in Detroit by Prince Concepts. (Photo: Prince Concepts)

“The units will have 23’ tall ceilings, ethereal natural light, calming curves, and a ‘Jetsons’ style genesis chamber that residents will use to transform from ‘just barely awake’ to ‘ready for action,’” Prince Concepts said on their website. “Instead of front yards, the hut will be lifted and have a stoop that will look out onto a heavily planted park/garden.”

The Caterpillar is located right down the street from Prince Concepts’ first Quonset hut housing project, True North, in the Core City area of Detroit, Michigan.

Edwin Chan teamed up with Philip Kafka of Prince Concepts to create True North in 2016. It’s the first time in 60 years that Core City has seen a major development.

The team designed True North’s Quonset huts at different angles and in different shapes and sizes to create open, outdoor spaces to enhance the community feel of the area.

There are rental units inside a few of the True North buildings that range from 475 to 1,600 square feet, an Airbnb called QuonsetHaus, a small coffee shop and a yoga studio.