Our unique modular style of building within a controlled environment allows us to deliver a quality-built project with reduced construction timelines, while producing less waste in the process. That’s what makes us the smarter, faster, greener way to build.
When it comes to sustainable building technology, we’re on the cutting edge. In 2015, we built Canada’s first modular multi-unit Passive House using building standards that reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%.
As a business, we care about delivering the highest quality building solutions in the most cost-effective and greenest way possible. As people, we care about the communities we work and live in. That’s why we’re committed to giving back to programs focusing on literacy, education and BC’s Indigenous communities.
As a business, we care about delivering the highest quality building solutions in the most cost-effective and greenest way possible. As people, we care about the communities we work and live in. That’s why we’re committed to meaningful engagement with Indigenous Peoples in the areas and traditional territories where we work. As an example of this, Metric Modular has collaborated with Indigenous Communities in the creation of opportunities that have had a positive economic impact. We have built offices, housing complexes, and boutique hotels which helped create stabilized living conditions and employment opportunities.
When it comes to sustainable building technology, we’re on the cutting edge. In 2015, we built Canada’s first modular multi-unit Passive House. Subsequently, we built two more Passive House projects for First Nations. This technology employs building standards that reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%.
We believe that successful relationships are defined by balance, fairness, and respect. We engage Indigenous communities in many different ways including job training, skills development, Indigenous procurement, and partnerships where appropriate.
With a focus on ensuring that our Indigenous business partnerships create fair, mutually beneficial, long-term relationships, we’ve entered into partnerships with several First Nations across the province.
About 10% of our workforce in Canada is Indigenous. Through our jobs training and skills development programs, we’re helping develop a skilled group of construction professionals who can compete and succeed at careers of their choosing and contribute to their community. Whenever practical, we also look for opportunities to purchase materials and services from Indigenous-owned companies.
We’ve been awarded Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Bronze Level certification by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).
In 2014, we were designated PAR “Committed” and since then we’ve achieved the next level of PAR designation: Bronze.
PAR certification recognizes the value of relationships, the diversity of opportunities and the challenges that face companies that are committed to Indigenous communities. Our PAR designation was achieved based on our engagement with Indigenous Peoples in relation to employment, business development, community investment and community engagement.
Thunderbird Soaring Logo
In 2013, we unveiled our Indigenous inspired logo “Thunderbird Soaring.”
The thunderbird design was created by Merritt-based artist Andrew Dexel, one of British Columbia’s up-and-coming Indigenous artists, as part of our Indigenous Design Competition.
The competition invited artists from Indigenous communities across British Columbia to create an Indigenous-inspired design to complement our existing brand and offered a $20,000 prize to the winning artist. In response, we received 250 designs from 125 artists from communities from all parts of British Columbia.
About the Design
Thunderbird Soaring features the face and wings of an Indigenous Thunderbird. The Thunderbird’s name comes from stories handed down from Indigenous elders – the beating of the Thunderbird’s enormous wings causes thunder and stirs the wind. The Thunderbird is a benevolent guide and a protector of people.
The design depicts determination, direction and a focus on the future – values consistent with Metric Modular’s long history in British Columbia. Thunderbird Soaring will serve as an inspiration for Metric Modular as it continues to stir the wind long into the future.
Environment, Health and Safety
Our commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace is more than just a catchphrase, it’s one of the core values that forms our entire approach to operational excellence.
Building Safely Together
Our commitment to EH&S is embodied in Building Safely Together, our company-wide safety program. We’ve adopted best practice standards for protecting employees, sub-contractors, suppliers, community partners, customers and the environment in our off-site modular construction facilities and on our project sites.
Every year we invest thousands of hours in safety training and educational programs for our employees and subcontractors.
We ensure all of our employees, contractors, community partners, subcontractors and suppliers have the knowledge and skills to make personal and public safety their top priority, whether it is in Metric Modular’s off-site modular construction facilities, on the project site and in our offices.
Our Destination Zero program focuses us on zero incidents, zero shortcuts, zero injuries and zero tolerance for unsafe work and actions. Our safety programs ensure we proactively identify unsafe conditions, equipment or behavior that could result in an accident.
COR Certified Safety Program
In 2013, we received a Certificate of Recognition (COR) for health and safety excellence by the BC Construction Safety Alliance. COR audits are conducted annually by internal and external safety professionals to determine that an employer has successfully implemented, maintained and continuously improved an occupational health and safety management system that meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and industry standards.
We are committed to conducting its manufacturing and construction operations in a manner that protects the environment and the communities in which we work.
In everything we do, whether it’s off-site or on our project sites, we implement established best management practices within our industry for the protection of the environment and minimization of any impacts that may arise and comply with all applicable environmental requirements.
Agassiz Head Officesbranch@metricmodular.com
Agassiz Head Officesbranch@metricmodular.com
Worldly and well-travelled sum up Metric Modular’s President, who’s travelled to more than 50 countries and done business in virtually every one of them.
Stephen has worked extensively in the Middle East, Africa and Asia and says his experiences have contributed greatly to working at Metric Modular. “We’re always changing and adapting to the market so having a wide range of skills supports this environment.”
One of the biggest challenges he often faces is updating the construction community on the many benefits associated with off-site construction. He never tires of showing clients what Metric Modular can do for them in a cost-effective, efficient and timely manner.
What inspires him to work at Metric Modular? “It’s a company that has heart. We build with purpose. The people here are passionate about what they do. We know we’re making a difference in the world.”
Agassiz Head Officejholloway@metricmodular.com
Agassiz Head Officejholloway@metricmodular.com
When it comes to handling the numbers side of the modular construction industry, Joel is quick to note there are a lot of nuances in the industry. “You’ve got to understand them from both a business and a finance perspective.”
Besides working with one of the industry’s most innovative companies, it was the chance to work collaboratively with customers and the Metric Modular team that really appealed to him. For him, there’s no substitute for this kind of experience, especially on large construction projects.
Joel’s background as an auditor and controller lets him bring financial discipline and accountability to his current role. “Metric’s really helped me develop as a leader, giving me the tools and resources I need. Challenging the status quo is integral to the process of finding unique solutions for our customers.”
Our long tradition of designing and manufacturing award-winning buildings is recognized each year by the Modular Building Institute (MBI) Awards.
Judged by our peers, enjoyed by our clients
Each entry was reviewed by an impartial panel of industry and non-industry construction and code experts, architects and engineers, and marketing professionals. Projects were judged on architectural excellence, technical innovation, cost effectiveness, energy efficiency, and calendar days to complete.
About the Modular Building Institute (MBI)
The MBI is the industry association representing companies involved in the manufacturing and distribution of commercial modular buildings across North America. Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, the MBI’s mission is to grow the modular industry and its capabilities by encouraging innovation, quality, and professionalism through communication, education, and recognition. www.modular.org