Modular Building Institute

Beausejour Family Crisis Resource Centre

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Company:
Kent Homes, a division of J.D. Irving, Ltd.
Affiliate:
Lindsay Construction
Location:
Shediac, New Brunswick
Building Use:
Mixed Office, Residential Suites
Gross Size of Project:
23760 Square Feet
Days to complete:
319

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    The Beausejour Family Crisis Resource Centre had been aggressively fundraising for over three years to build their vision of a safe haven for victims of domestic abuse within the South Eastern region of New Brunswick. This space that would support families from first contact, emergency response, through to independent living and safety. This two story center complete with a full basement would include office space for their support staff, emergency housing, transitional housing, and long term housing. It would house victim support services for counselling, a secure police interview room, and house their family support canine. This space would include supervised family visitation rooms, the first of it's kind in New Brunswick. A clothing swap space and more. This large complex would create a community of safety and support. The 18 modules of varied size are configured in a single story, two story mix on a full basement. The space is divided between a services side and residential side.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    All modules were built offsite. Box configurations were designed to allow the installation of cabinetry and complete washrooms in the factory as much as possible. We built and set all the modules in a location close to the site so we could do all the installation in one go. The restricted site meant the largest crane to safely handle long reaches with modules. Alot of planning resulted in a slick three day installation for a large two story configuration. After the installation, roof truss installation and site finishes started as soon as weather allowed. We fully wrapped the boxes to minimize site damage due to winter conditions. This project included a number of material donations from supporters. This extra coordination was tricky at times to ensure the amount of materials donated would be used to best efficiency and determining what would be factory installed or site installed but it kept the project costs down and supported the centre for a win-win solution.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    The main benefit for this customer was a hands off approach. The team behind this project were counselors, support workers, and crisis management teams who had more important work to do then act as project managers. They needed a solution they didn't have to babysit and they needed a fixed price, both were items Kent Homes could offer them. They also wanted to start the project as soon as the announcement of funding allowed which meant building through a New Brunswick winter, this is where modular certainly provided an advantage. The team also provided a full building control system. This allows the client to manage the building systems across multiple units to help keep their operating costs manageable for future sustainability of a project of this size and scope.
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