About Us

We have a big vision to create sustainable building practices that make beautiful, quality homes accessible to everyone. Interested in partnerships, have a media inquiry or want to invest or work with us? Please read our FAQ!

 
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ICON is one of the first new businesses to launch from the Saturn Five startup studio, based in Austin, TX. Saturn Five actively starts, funds, and grows businesses that make a difference in the world.

 

The Team

 
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Jason Ballard

Co-Founder, ICON   |   Co-Founder + President, TreeHouse

Jason Ballard has dedicated his life to working on big problems at the intersection of human civilization and the natural world, most notably as the co-founder and president of TreeHouse, the eco-friendly Home Upgrade Company disrupting the field of home improvement. TreeHouse strives to make homes healthy, beautiful and sustainable, from the inside out and carries cutting-edge, sustainable products and offers turnkey solutions across all categories of the home.

In 2017, Ballard co-founded ICON, a construction technologies company that is leading the way into the future of homebuilding by using 3D printing to make major advancements in affordability, building performance, sustainability and customizability. In partnership with the non-profit, New Story, ICON has created America’s first permitted, 3D-printed home in Austin, TX using a printer they named, Vulcan.  The portable printer is designed to function with zero waste production methods and work under unpredictable constraints (limited water, power, and labor infrastructure) to tackle housing shortages in underserved communities throughout the world. The teams are setting out to deliver the first 3D-printed community of homes in El Salvador in 2019 where housing will feature cutting-edge materials tested to the most recognized standards of safety, comfort and resiliency. In addition to pushing the envelope on affordability, the 3D printing technologies developed by ICON will allow the team to make additional innovations in custom housing, off-planet space habitats, and leverage an open design platform.

Prior to co-founding ICON and TreeHouse, Ballard worked as a green builder in Boulder for two years and as an environmental consultant for ACRT. Ballard is a GLG Social Impact Fellow, serves on the Carbon War Room / Rocky Mountain Institute Energy Think Tank and on the Product Innovation Council of the Pecan Street Project. Ballard hails from East Texas and studied conservation biology at Texas A&M University. He is currently enrolled in a masters program in Space Resources at Colorado School of Mines. He resides in Austin, TX, home of the flagship TreeHouse location and new startup ICON, with his wife and two children.

 
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Alex Le Roux

Co-Founder, ICON | CTO

Alex Le Roux is the co-founder and CTO of the new Austin-based start-up, ICON, a construction technologies company dedicated to revolutionizing homebuilding. Through their proprietary 3D printing technology and cutting-edge materials, ICON provides sustainable solutions to a number of our world’s most pressing issues, including the pandemic of homelessness in the developing world, the difficulty of constructing off-planet space habitats, and the exorbitant cost of customized housing.  In partnership with the non-profit, New Story, ICON has built America’s first permitted, 3D-printed home in Austin, TX.

Prior to launching ICON, Alex began his career by co-founding Vesta Printers where their mission was building large-scale, affordable 3D printers that bring automation and customization to the construction industry. This venture then led to Le Roux joining forces with long-time entrepreneurs and business leaders, Evan Loomis and Jason Ballard, to co-found ICON.

Le Roux graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering. He resides in Austin, TX.

 
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Evan Loomis

Co-Founder, ICON   |   Co-Founder, Saturn Five

Evan Loomis has been a successful entrepreneur for more than 15 years and most recently co-founded the new Austin-based startup, ICON, a construction technologies company dedicated to revolutionizing homebuilding. Through their proprietary 3D printing technology and cutting-edge materials, ICON provides sustainable solutions to a number of our world’s most pressing issues, including the pandemic of homelessness in the developing world, the difficulty of constructing off-planet space habitats, and the exorbitant cost of customized housing.  In partnership with the non-profit, New Story, ICON has built America’s first permitted, 3D-printed home in Austin, TX.

Evan began his career as an Investment Banker on Wall Street. From there, he co-founded Wedgwood Circle, an angel investment group with a focus on the media and entertainment sectors. In 2010, he co-founded TreeHouse, the eco-friendly Home Upgrade Company disrupting the field of home improvement.

In 2017, Evan launched a holding company called Saturn Five with the mission of building companies that matter. Unlike traditional VC firms, Saturn Five designs and launches companies from scratch, working hands-on in the early stages to launch and scale companies.


Evan is a start-up mentor at Techstars Austin, SKU and Praxis. He is the co-author of Get Backed from Harvard Business Press (2015) and Elon Musk: This Book Is About Rockets! (2017). Evan is a graduate of Mays Business School at Texas A&M University where he earned his BBA in finance. He lives in Austin, TX, with his wife, Dr. Brandi Loomis, a pediatrician and two children.