Founding executive director of the ASCC, Habib Dagher, that said the center aims to “produce the workforce of the future.” Plans call for the “Factory of the Future” at the ASCC, which includes robotics and artificial intelligence technology to automate processes, to be up and running by 2025 and will include a training facility for students and industry professionals to learn how to operate, design, and maintain the machines and software involved in automated construction.

“We need to … not only develop the technology, but train the workforce that’s going to be able to operate this equipment,” Dr. Dagher said. “What we’re trying to do is develop fundamental solutions to the problems.”

“We don’t have sufficient resources to create an adequate supply of affordable housing,” said Cullen Ryan, executive director of Community Housing of Maine. “If we can figure out a way to do it with less costs, we win.”