In remote northern Manitoba, one of the biggest hurdles facing workers is being able to enjoy on-site amenities during severe weather conditions. In this region – where long winters can be hit with months of minus 40C cold – it was imperative that the entire workforce accommodation complex be completely accessible from the inside.
Metric Modular was proud to the be Prime Contractor for this project. Our roles and responsibilities covered many disciplines included in the design and build: design, engineering, civil and site works, water treatment, wastewater treatment plants, foundations, modular buildings, pre-engineered structures and all required commissioning.
In true Metric Modular fashion, the team hit the ground running, knowing they had some logistical challenges to work out in addition to those of design and build. The remote location didn’t just limit access to the site but also our ability to recruit skilled tradespeople and labourers. And since we started working on this in the fall of 2013, we also encountered some bitterly cold temperatures along the way, too.
The designs were built to be as complete as possible at our off-site facilities. The modules were actually manufactured in three separate facilities, which meant we had faster production time that was also further off-set by requiring less initial install time. Metric Modular’s strong site management team had a significant impact on this project because they truly understood the working requirements and the harsh weather conditions that could arise.
Completed five months ahead of schedule with no lost-time incidents, the accommodation complex gives up to 2,000 guests complete access from the inside to numerous amenities including a licensed lounge, a cafeteria that offers a more enhanced dining experience, an elaborate fitness centre and a movie theatre. To further add to the worker experience, there’s also an indoor golf simulation, weight rooms, yoga and sauna rooms, squash and racquetball courts, an indoor running track and two full-sized basketball courts.