Large players such as Skender and IKEA are betting that prefab building practices can help meet the rising demand for senior housing. Chicago-based Skender has morphed in the past 18 months from a general contractor to a vertically integrated manufacturer of prefabricated modular building components for multifamily, senior housing, health care and commercial buildings. The company cut the ribbon on a production facility on Chicago’s Southwest Side in February, and had its first prototype modular units built four months later. Skender has built senior living projects utilizing conventional methods and already is seeing interest from senior living developers in its prefab process. Meanwhile, Swedish furniture giant IKEA partnered with global construction firm Skanska to create Boklok, a prefabricated affordable housing arm that has built 11,000 homes in Sweden, Denmark and the United Kingdom. In June 2017, Boklok announced the launch of SilviaBo, a new type of prefabricated home for people with dementia, developed in conjunction with Queen Silvia of Sweden and her charitable foundation. And there are other signs that prefab and modular construction methods are poised to make an im...