May 11, 2019 No Comments
Posted May 7, 2019 at 3:44 PM
Updated May 7, 2019 at 5:55 PM
PANAMA CITY — The IRONMAN Foundation announced Tuesday it would be providing a $100,000 humanitarian relief grant to 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,” Michael Johnson, director of Community Development/CRA, said 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 area’s 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 have 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 and Friday. 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 children in need. Three hundred bikes will be built and distributed to children within the region in conjunction with IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast on Saturday and IRONMAN Florida on Nov. 2.