Doctor of Law & Policy, MSc, PMP, licensed: General Contractor, Real Estate Broker, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, college professor, and keynote speaker
A history of MUSSON Factory…
MUSSON Factory is a generations-old tradition of affordable housing innovation.
At the time of the American Civil War, Samuel David Robinson was one of the most prolific real estate developers, on the island of Bermuda. He earned a fortune as a merchant and as the developer of many of the iconic real estate projects that have defined downtown Hamilton, for 150 years. Robinson invested his wealth in social justice activism, founding the first high school open to black students, The Berkeley Institute. Berkeley Institute has been the incubator for countless notable alumni and Robinson’s many landmark buildings have been, and are still, home to families and businesses that make up the island’s beautiful fabric. Robinson’s many accomplishments are historic and chronicled in the Bermuda Archives, by the Bermuda Historical Society. He accomplished all that, and became a member of the Bermuda Corporation as a black man, at the same time that Lincoln was signing the Emancipation Proclamation in the U.S.
Samuel David Robinson’s sister, Elisa Wilson Robinson, married Thomas Driver Musson. Their son, Horace Francis Leopold Musson, founded MUSSON Factory in 1902. The business was officially a machine shop,; but, unofficially, Musson repaired all sorts of machines (big and small), consulted engineering solutions to international clients, and invented novel tools to solve impossible problems. One of those tools is called the stonecutter, which is universally credited to have transformed the construction industry in Bermuda. Prior to the stonecutter, buildings were mostly constructed of stones, hand-cut from the earth with long saws, drawn by two people. The stonecutter mechanized the process, lowering the cost of and speeding the production of stone blocks. Building blocks, made quickly, of consistent quality, and at lower cost, had the effect of simplifying construction supply chain management on the island and making affordable housing available to lower-income buyers and renters as a permanent correction to the fair market (FMV) housing allocations in Bermuda.
Horace Musson’s son, Cyril David Musson, worked in his father’s shop from childhood until he left the island to study physics and then mechanical engineering, building upon what he learned under his father, the master engineer. Cyril — an inventor, like his father — passes on the Musson spirit of socially conscious innovation to his son, Dr. Brent Musson, who embodies the legacy of his father Cyril, his grandfather Horace, and his great-granduncle Samuel David Musson.
In the 21st century, MUSSON Factory is the consulting practice that serves local, state, and federal government in the pursuit of policies that encourage modern methods (modular, panelized, offsite, industrialized) of construction as a strategy to address the affordable housing crisis and the need to house the unsheltered.
NATIONAL HOUSING CRISIS
A 3-headed chimera
SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS
The most prolific architect, designing modular multifamily housing in Southern California.
Energy Efficiency, Green Construction
Leading energy-efficiency expert, former group lead at Southern California Edison, Savings by Design expert
Real Estate Law
Partner at one of the leading real estate development law firms in North America.
Managing Director of a leading real estate developer, building housing, institutional, and destination retail across West Africa.
Module Logistics and Assembly
Former Project Lead at the top offsite/modular setting operation in the western United States. Has supervised the setting of tens of thousands of modules.
Modular Construction Process
Principal - BlackBox Offsite Solutions & Offsite / Modular Construction Enthusiast
Observations and discussions about global and local issues…
Bermuda, Beautifully Positioned
Most non-Bermudians imagine that the island’s economy is based on tourism like Jamaica or French Polynesia, but Bermuda’s economy is finance-based
Locke Step: U.S. Property Rights in the 21st Century
Once King George III’s power was appropriated, it immediately fell into the hands of the wealthy planter elite. Four of the first five presidents were wealthy owners of large plantations.
Third World Los Angeles
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The history of water in Los Angeles is germane to any discussion about the critical nature of our water crisis and possible solutions.
Global Problem, Local Solution
It is at the city level where decisions regarding building materials and engineering are made.
Should business play a role in determining what schools teach?
In junior high, we learned to set lead type which is a technology used by Gutenberg in the 1400s.
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