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Modular Building Design
Horizon North Logistics Inc.
Gross Size of Project:
- Architectural Excellence
The project includes a hostel, two staff accommodation buildings and a maintenance facility. The three-storey main hostel lodge accommodates 157 guests over a mix of room types, including private hotel-style rooms and shared hostel-style rooms for groups and families. It includes amenities such as a fireplace lounge, media room, games room, sauna and on-site café and kitchen. Staff accommodations include a staff quarters with sleeping rooms, shared bathrooms and living areas for up to 12 people, and a manager’s quarters with apartments for a manager with family and an assistant manager. The inspiration for the building exterior comes from the surrounding mountain ranges, with varied shades of gray on the outer walls. The overall exterior has a rustic feel with wood and stone that suits the natural environment of the national park where the project is located. The site also includes a large outdoor space for multipurpose use.
- Technical Innovation & Sustainability
Through the building process, sustainability was a major consideration because of the project’s location in a national park. Construction was intended to be as minimally disruptive to the site and surrounding environment as possible. Modular construction ensured that there was minimal waste, noise and site disruption, with most of the work being done offsite. This project used low emitting materials, paints and finishes to limit any contamination to both the indoor and outdoor air. It also involved the use of materials with high recycled content to reduce the overall building footprint, and low flow water fixtures that will ensure efficient water use in the long term. Being located in the Rocky Mountains, where low temperatures are to be expected, energy and thermal efficiency was also an essential consideration. The building includes a heat recovery ventilation system, triple glazed windows and extensive insulation in the walls.
- Cost Effectiveness
The ultimate value of this project was its ability to meet the two most pressing needs – timeline certainty and a sustainable approach. The choice of modular construction proved to be most effective for the owner, with modular’s in-built efficiencies able to ensure a timeline of 10 months from start to finish and protect the national park environment, without additional costs when compared to site-built construction. Several of the project’s components focused on energy and cold weather efficiency will also create long-term value for the project and reduce lifecycle costs. Those components include LED fixtures, a high-efficiency heat recovery ventilation system, triple glazed windows and low flow water fixtures.