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City Takes Plunge into Modular Housing

May 16th, 2017 Comments off
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An artists rendition of the soon to be completed Westgate Manor in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Credit: Journal of Commerce.

In a trend that has become popular in Europe, the Canadian city of Edmonton, Alberta, is taking the plunge, with the development of its first modular housing project utilizing shipping containers.

Per the Journal of Commerce, the soon to be completed urban infill project, Westgate Manor, will consist of 20 units, specifically designed as affordable housing in a joint venture between Edmonton-based Step Ahead Properties and Calgary-based Ladacor Advanced Modular Systems.

Using this modular building approach offers numerous benefits over conventional construction,” said AJ Slivinski, owner of Step Ahead Properties.

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AJ Slivinski. Credit: LinkedIn.

There is a faster schedule, off-site construction will mean less disruption to the existing tenants and surrounding neighbors, the steel building is non-combustible, which is far safer and more durable for rental housing, and lastly the modular construction gives a far better sound insulation between the suites, making them much quieter for the residents.”

Construction on Westlake Manor is expected to be completed by summer of this year.

For Ladacor, they say that there is significant opportunity for their modular units in a number of other verticals.

We have got some traction in the hotel market and we are looking to expand into different markets,” said Rhys Kane, Ladacor Business Development Director.

Hotels lend themselves very well to modular as the suites can be fully finished, the hotel suites themselves are good dimensions. Modular is flexible enough to be able to build those spaces. We are confident that we can do multifamily. It is just an obvious next step really.”

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Ladacor and Step Ahead at the ground breaking of Westgate Manor. Credit: REMI Network.

Step Ahead Properties also sees additional opportunities for modular to help with affordable housing.

Senior housing is a big market across different spectrums,” said Kane.It’s a great opportunity particularly in small towns where people want to stay, as they would otherwise often have to go to major urban centers.”

 

Manufactured and Modular – Things to Remember

It should be noted that while modular homes offer savings over site built homes, manufactured housing is often 25 to 30 percent cheaper than modular housing, due to the extra costs related to onsite assembly.

And, while manufactured homes outsell modulars by about 5-to-1, there is still a stigma from the old pre-HUD-code mobile home days that affects financing and zoning issues.

Yet there may be very little difference between the products, when comparing a modular home to a residential-style manufactured home (as opposed to the entry level version).

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Jay Hamilton, Executive Director, Georgia Manufactured Housing Associatoin (GMHA).

About half of modular builders also build HUD-code manufactured homes,” says Jay Hamilton, executive director of the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association.

A lot of them build both products on the same assembly line,” he says. “If the products were vastly different, you could never get away with that.”

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Modular Helping to Solve Affordable Housing Challenges

November 1st, 2016 Comments off
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Westgate Manor groundbreaking. Credit: REMI Network.

Two Alberta, Canada based companies are teaming up to create a modular solution to affordable housing.

According to reminetwork, Edmonton-based Step Ahead Properties and Calgary-based Ladacor Advanced Modular Systems have launched construction on their new modular apartment, an affordable housing development at Westgate Manor in Glenwood.

The development will be the first of its kind in the area to use repurposed shipping containers as part of modular building technology.

Using this modular building approach offers numerous benefits over conventional construction,” said AJ Slivinski, owner of Step Ahead Properties.

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AJ Slivinski. Credit: LinkedIn.

There is a faster schedule, and off-site construction will mean less disruption to the existing tenants and surrounding neighbors. The steel building is non-combustible, which is far safer and more durable for rental housing, and lastly the modular construction gives a far better sound insulation between the suites, making them much quieter for the residents.

Ladacor will fabricate the shipping containers into factory-finished modules that will be transported to the site and then craned into place.

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Joseph Kiss. Credit: LinkedIn.

Our Advanced Modular System technology uses repurposed shipping containers as an integral part of a highly engineered, building code and CSA standard compliant modular system for multi-story buildings,” said Ladacor president Joseph Kiss.

The one-trip shipping containers that we use enable us to provide a high quality steel, non-combustible building that is cost-effective, with a fast-tracked schedule. When the project is complete, it will be indistinguishable from a conventional building.

The new complex will be a mix of one and two bedroom units with in-unit laundry and private patios. According to reminetwork, the Ladacor technology has already been used successfully for various projects, including a four-story hotel in Bruderheim, located northeast of Edmonton.

The Westgate Manor project has a building-permit in place with construction ready to begin, and occupancy scheduled for summer 2017.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, we have covered the affordable housing movement throughout Canada recently, including Vancouver’s plans to tackle their homeless crisis here. ##

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First Nation People in Canada getting Modular Container Homes

July 26th, 2016 Comments off

Canada__Bearspaw_First_Nation_modular_container_housing__Ladacor_credit postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsA pilot project that will repurpose shipping containers into modular homes for First Nations reservations in Alberta, Canada has begun with a ground-breaking ceremony 55 miles southwest of Calgary at Eden Valley. Bearspaw First Nation Chief Darcy Dixon and council members Rex Daniels and Larry Daniels were joined by representatives from Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, and Ladacor Advanced Modular Systems which has previously used the technology for hotels, senior housing and apartments.

The strong, non-combustible steel modular core offers great durability and fire safety, and by the time the home is finished, it is indistinguishable from conventional construction,” said Joe Kiss, president of Ladacor. “The homes are of a very high quality, very well insulated and very durable – both interior and exterior, making them exactly the sort of building that many remote communities need.”

While many First Nations people live in substandard housing with thin walls, and are typically 10 times more likely to die in a fire than the rest of Canada, the container homes are made from non-combustible steel.

Rhys Kane, business development director for Ladacor, says the process reduces the build time for a home to six weeks. Noting that costs are similar to a wood stick-built home, but that the Ladacor product cannot burn and is much more durable, he said, “We are hoping to build many homes on reserves across Canada with this being a demo project. The cost-effective technology is highly repeatable, has multiple configurations and is an ideal solution for First Nations housing requirements.”

Rob Shotclose, Bearspaw First Nation CEO, commented that “the Bearspaw First Nation is proud to be a partner in this important project.” Members of the community have provided input to the design of the homes to make sure they fit the First Nations lifestyles from both a technical and cultural point of view.

Construction has begun, and a family has already been lined up to move into the first house when it is completed in early September. As homes are built and families move in, a monitoring program will commence to test the suitability of the homes for the families. ##

(Rendering credit: Ladacor–modular container homes to house First Nation peoples in Alberta, Canada)

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