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Modular Building Design
ATCO Structures & Logistics Ltd.
Fort St. John,
Gross Size of Project:
- Architectural Excellence
The 650,000 sq.ft. hotel-like lodge combines high-end features and amenities for 1,760 people. To minimize the footprint, the accommodations are 3-storeys surrounding a core building, with 3-storey connecting corridors with elevators. Each room has a private bathroom, and 42 rooms are wheelchair accessible with wider doors, walk-in showers and handrails. The core building has a vaulted ceiling and clerestory windows to allow for natural light. Wood trusses create a grand entrance and sheltered reception area that complement the surrounding environment. To minimize the impact on local communities, the facility includes a range of amenities: medical clinic, movie theatre, café, licensed lounge, convenience store, business centre, multi-faith room, massage and hair salon. An attached soft-wall building has a gym, running track and weight room, and an outdoor recreation area includes tennis, basketball and field. Extensive landscaping and native trees add to the beauty of the environment.
- Technical Innovation & Sustainability
The modular units were installed on over 4000 screw piles. To resist the seismic forces in the region, steel rods tie the three storey structure to the foundations. The lodge was designed to meet the new National Energy Code and included extensive energy modelling. Occupancy sensors for LED lighting and individual thermostats in all rooms help reduce energy consumption. A high R-value of 6.5 for windows prevent heat loss in the cold Northern BC climate. STC 55 sound ratings throughout minimize noise transfer and improve guest comfort. Water saving low-flow plumbing fixtures are used throughout, with hands-free faucets in public washrooms. An Indigenous engagement plan was implemented to ensure participation from 8 aboriginal communities. It mandated a minimum spend with local subcontractors and ensured training/employment opportunities were available to community members. Locally created and indigenous artwork is throughout, including a teepee for smudging and other community purposes.
- Cost Effectiveness
Modular construction was a key advantage for this project. The units were manufactured in both our Canadian and US facilities in order to maximize production and accelerate the timeline. Due to the compressed construction schedule, the engineering team worked hand-in-hand with the construction team to provide partial designs (civil and undergrounds work) while construction was happening to meet the project schedule. The use of a crawler crane reduced the time it took to relocate the crane, allowing up to 14 modules to be placed in a single day. As a result of these efficiencies the entire 757-module facility was installed in under 13 months.