Modular Building Institute

Trinity Western University Jacobson Hall - Student Housing Facility

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Metric Modular
Langley, British Columbia
Building Use:
On-Campus Student Housing
Gross Size of Project:
55378 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    Metric Modular created a design that was suitable for a tight space, would enhance the overall campus community and would respond to the lifestyle of the student population. The solution was a 55,374 sq. ft., five story modular building featuring a contemporary design. The building was conceived to include an expressive roof with architectural elements to produce an interesting shadowline in the building. The roof design and the inclusion of angles and different roof elevations reduce the “box” image and create a visually pleasant structure. the interior of the student housing facility with the students in mind to offer more than just “a place to sleep.” It offers a space that reflects their lifestyle and that takes into consideration the feedback provided through Student Life, including spacious and well-laid out suites with the inclusion of common areas on each floor, study areas, an efficient bathroom layout, addition of small kitchen island to create apartment-style living.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    At five stories, Jacobson Hall is the tallest wood-framed modular building in Canada. Even with the increased height of the modular structure, Metric Modular was still able to design the building to meet seismic, wind, structural and other performance requirements. For example, designers tightened wall stud spacing on the bottom two floors and used select Douglas fir dimensional lumber, dried to a lower moisture content than typical to minimize framing impacts from shrinking. For seismic requirements, Metric installed Anchor Tiedown System (ATS) rods that ran from the concrete foundation up between the modules to tie the entire building to the foundation. Also, the number and length of seismic straps was increased and the straps were installed with a heavier nailing pattern. A Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panelized elevator shaft was utilized as both a structural diaphragm for the building and provided the required fire rated shaft necessary for a site installed elevator system.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    Building the main components in the factory while foundation and site work was being done simultaneously allowed the project to be completed much faster than conventional construction. Additionally, building the majority of the components offsite reduced the need for trades creating the following efficiencies for the project. Utilizing a factory installed exterior cladding system, required minor site finishing, which reduced the need for local trades to complete work on site resulting on less risks associated with site work, and overall less disruption to campus life. Services such as sprinkler systems and plumbing were pre-installed, as well as all fixtures, electrical and flooring. All furnishings and finishes were completed and installed in the factory prior to delivery to site, meaning the units contained beds, desks and even the mattresses reducing the potential for move-in damage. Factory installed roofing membrane also reduced site finishing.
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