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Miletus Group Develops an Architecturally Appealing Rescue Strategy for New Orleans’ Post-Katrina Housing Crisis

City of New Orleans’ development company selects Miletus Group’s Shotgun House Project™ for its beautifully efficient modular approach

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(Rochester, IN, February 22, 2012) Miletus Group, Inc. has been selected by a prominent housing developer and landowner to develop their Shotgun House Project™—a historically and architecturally sensitive approach to quickly address New Orleans’ post-Katrina housing crisis. After extensive project prototype work, the first Shotgun House model has been designed to fit the standard Uptown lot size, and has the potential to serve as quality infill housing throughout New Orleans' many historic neighborhoods.


Miletus Group’s Shotgun Homes are architectural-quality, permanent modular buildings designed to fit into New Orleans’ neighborhoods as if they had been there for a century or more. These ingenious modular structures are substantial homes, fully compliant with current building codes and FEMA standards, offering a sustainable, permanent solution to the current and near-term housing needs of New Orleans.


“Hurricane Katrina’s lasting effects have created a massive housing deficit in New Orleans,” states Miletus Group president James B. Guthrie, AIA. “This housing dilemma is exacerbated by labor shortages and the high price of available building materials. Our premise was to build high quality, and architecturally sensitive homes off site, away from the stresses of New Orleans’ building environment. These modular buildings could then be put in place quickly, reducing time to occupancy, and alleviating much of the inconvenience and noise pollution in the neighborhoods where they are being constructed.” Miletus is renowned for their sustainable building expertise, particularly in modular structures.


The Shotgun Project offers a variety of home options, from fully completed and ready-for-occupancy, to fully customizable homes that are left partially unfinished as a more affordable choice for more handy do-it-yourselfers in need of immediate shelter. “The innovative Shotgun House design recalls the past, while providing comfortable, modern housing for its occupants,” states Guthrie. “It is a durable and permanent solution for a desirable housing type that is based on generations of New Orleans history and precedent.”


For more information, contact Miletus Group, Inc. or call 260-399-6175.

About Miletus Group

Miletus Group, Inc. is an architecture firm that specializes in sustainable building practices in onsite, prefab, and modular offsite systems. Under the direction of James B. Guthrie, AIA, president of Miletus Group and Board of Trustees Immediate Past Chair for Modular Building Institute Educational Foundation, Inc., the team at Miletus Group provide a range of design, building, and development services that include site selection analysis, project programming, entitlement services, urban and architectural design and documentation, architectural modularization, sustainability design and energy analysis, cost analysis, and onsite and offsite construction. Educated at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Guthrie has lectured and written extensively about modular architecture. He is currently writing a book on the subject entitled Modern Modular Architectural Prototypes: A World Survey of the State of the Art. At Miletus Group, Architecture is the sum of Design + Build + Develop.


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For more information, contact:

Mary Beth Duehr

Duehr and Associates, LLC

1902 Wright Place, Suite 200

Carlsbad, CA 92008-6583

Phone: 760.918.5622

Fax: 760.918.5505


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