Modular Building Institute

2 Story Temporary Fire Hall Quarters

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Metric Modular
Vancouver, British Columbia
Building Use:
Staff Quarters for Firefighters
Gross Size of Project:
1248 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    The two-story temporary office and housing facility for the fire fighters consists of two full levels above ground built with four 12’ x52’ building modules. Even though temporary in nature, the design of the staff quarters offers a comfortable and functional space to conduct the regular operations of Fire Hall #17. The lower floor features workstations, kitchen, training/meeting space, storage space for specialized equipment, mechanical room, radio cabinet, bathroom and staircase. The upper floor features eight sleeping quarters, forty-one lockers, and two bathrooms/showers. The vertical corrugated metal siding exterior wall gives a modern and urban look to the exterior of the building.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    Using four factory-built modules, Metric Modular designed the staff quarters keeping in mind the special requirements for this building, which included a two hour fire wall construction on the south wall; BX cable for fire alarm, low voltage cable for lighting controls and speakers, addressable fire alarm, an intruder alarm system, a factory-installed sprinkler system throughout to meet NFPA standards and a mast for radio antenna.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    The building for staff quarters was designed, delivered and installed before the City of Vancouver begins construction for the new permanent site built Fire Hall #17. Once the permanent Fire Hall is complete, the modules of the temporary staff quarters can then be relocated and renovated for another use, eliminating the need to site-build a structure that would ultimately be demolished.
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