The Sumas First Nation needed a hub to conduct its regular business operations from. The Nation wanted to have a space that not only was functional but also reflected their progressive approach and commitment to enhancing and creating new economic development opportunities for their community. At the request of community members, designers needed to come up with a design for the building to be solar-ready and energy efficient.
The exterior of the building boasts a West Coast modern style of architectural design with wood elements to tie into the natural and rural location, while also utilizing vertical corrugated siding to harmonize with the existing office facades. The use of natural products was a high-priority for the design team. In order to achieve this, stained cedar siding, exposed wood beams, and natural slate tile were selected for use throughout various feature areas of the project. The wide concrete stairs along with the large entry overhang and angled glulam support system anchor the structure and provide a focal point for entry to the building. Over 95% of the exterior envelope was installed at the modular facility, with only minor interconnections completed on site, which reduced the site labor costs significantly.
The Sumas First Nation required a fire-protected building with additional protections for the storage of sensitive archives, so Metric Modular installed a sprinkler system with a separately-zoned pre-action system exclusively for the archive room. Making the archive room the only pre-action area reduced the cost of pre-action equipment as well as the cost of fire detection systems