A company in Stanford is partnering with ADS Inc. to assist the United States military by creating portable housing structures to use when the troops have been deployed. The CEO and founder of World Housing Solution is Ron Ben-Zeev. In a remarkable demonstration for News 6 in Florida, Ron Ben-Zeev had an employee strike the material with a sledgehammer to demonstrate the durability. He felt this effectively showed the way the material will react to a potential blast.
Pieces encompassing different sizes are produced by using the composite material. Each individual piece has its own tongue-and-groove configuration. This enables the pieces to snap together. The white paper from the World Housing Solution demonstrated the structures have been designed to last for several decades, are friendly to the environment and can be effectively reused. Ron Ben-Zeev calls this the meeting of construction with Ikea. The structures have been designed to be built, sent to the troops, assembled by unskilled labor on site and then moved again by simply being taken apart.
The design of these structures enables them to withstand frigid landscapes, the sweltering temperatures of the desert, hurricane force winds and are also fire resistant. This was demonstrated by Ron Ben-Zeev when he touched a lighted blowtorch to the material. Once the flame was removed the material put itself out. The most significant benefit of the structures is the fast assembly. A time lapsed video was recorded to show it only took two hours for a 16 by 16 foot structure to be fully assembled. The structures from World Housing Solution have provided the military with the ability to have complete villages set up in a relatively short period of time.
The United States military now has a new way to create dining rooms, bathrooms, offices and housing for the soldiers while they are away. The company was not originally created for the military six years ago. When the government made a request Ron Ben-Zeev adapted the product. The origins of the company were for nonprofit, first responder disaster relief for the world but this effort was unsuccessful. The company was close to giving up when the officials of the United States Navy called. If they had not arrived the company would have closed. The thought they might one day sell to the military had never even occurred to the company. Ron Ben-Zeev is optimistic regarding the growth of the company and is proud to support the troops of the United States.