Construction tech startup plans to hire 40 at new Bird Rock HQ
A Northern California startup that designs and makes high-tech, prefabricated houses is moving its entire executive staff — and their families — to San Diego, where the company is setting up new headquarters with a fresh focus on software.
The startup, Dvele (pronounced deh-VELL), just closed on a $14 million round of cash from Texas investors Crescent Real Estate, the company announced Thursday. With the new funds, they’re moving from Santa Rosa to Bird Rock. Dvele plans to hire 40 people in San Diego over the next year to build up a software engineering team, along with a sales and marketing staff.
The company, founded in 2017, uses their back-end software to design and build luxury homes that are factory-built and then quickly assembled on site. Dvele’s homes are loaded with high-end technology meant to help homeowners take care of their property. The houses have things like sensors that detect moisture in the walls and particulate counts in the air.
Homeowners should be notified when their houses need care, just like cars remind drivers of necessary maintenance, said CEO and co-founder Kurt Goodjohn.
“An Audi will have a check engine light on if you need maintenance, but most homes don’t have anything like that,” Goodjohn said.
Prefab, modular construction companies like Dvele have been rising in popularity in recent years. Bay Area startup Katerra, a similar construction startup trying to upend the building industry, has raised $1.2 billion in venture funding since its 2015 launch. While Katerra focuses on apartments and other multifamily construction, Dvele is specializing in single family homes.