Modular Building Institute

Trinity Western University Student Housing

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
ATCO Structures & Logistics Ltd.
Langley, British Columbia
Building Use:
Dormitories for University Students
Gross Size of Project:
32757 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    Students of Trinity Western University now enjoy a new, modern home away from home in the Skidmore Hall residence building in Langley, BC. With 47 modules, we wanted to increase design and production efficiency, so we minimized the variations in module types. The contemporary exterior features an attractive three-colour finish utilizing durable composite Hardie panels and Lux architectural panels. To improve the building’s aesthetic, large, pre-fabricated parapets were installed onsite to conceal roof top equipment. Each of the three storeys have 9’ ceilings and 6’ wide hallways to create an open feel. Rooms have two layouts allowing for multiple occupancy, and some feature a kitchen and living room. There is also a laundry room at the end of each dorm hallway. The large open lobby impresses, with exposed post and beam construction and lots of natural light. There is ample common space through the facility for students to gather and socialize.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    The units were designed to BC Building Code Part 3, to be NECB compliant for permanent modular construction. As the University is in a high seismic region, provisions were incorporated into the design to provide robust structural support in a manner that could be installed efficiently. All modules were connected to one another and ultimately fastened down to the concrete foundation. To increase the building envelope performance, a PERSIST wall system was designed and installed. PERSIST stands for Pressure Equalized Rain Screen Insulated Structure Technique where the structure of the building is wrapped inside the plane of insulation. This minimizes thermal movement and improves overall constructability of the envelope. Energy recovery ventilators provide one hundred percent fresh air to each suite with continuous exhaust/ circulation, and heat pumps provide heating and cooling to each suite.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    The speed to occupancy was a major benefit to the project. We were able to move the project from concept to occupancy in 9 months, enabling the university to maintain growth projections and increase enrollment. By using modular construction TWU was able to save 3-4 months of construction time and allow new students for the 2017 school year to move in to new, on-campus accommodations. Early in the design process it was identified that a transformer providing power to a large portion of campus was going to conflict with the location of the proposed new building. With limited options to re-locate the building, the best course of action was to redesign the power distribution system to relocate the transformer and add capacity for the new facility. Our sister company, ATCO Electric, worked quickly to relocate and upgrade the transformer, allowing us to construct the building with permanent power, reducing construction costs and improving the overall campus electrical infrastructure.
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