fbpx
Trinity Western University

Site Preparation: Minimizing Site Impact

55,378 sq ft 90 BUILDING MODULES 5 STOREYS
THE CHALLENGE
THE CHALLENGE

Metric Modular was chosen in December 2017 by Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. to build a new five-storey wood building with 220 beds. The building must be move-in ready by September 1, 2018.

Site preparation is a key part of any construction project. It literally lays the foundation for what will be built on top of it.

Unfortunately, it’s also a time-consuming process that can delay the rest of construction for months and can create an impact that can overwhelm any building site.  Unless, of course, you choose modular construction for your next project.

At Metric Modular, our streamlined process will significantly reduce construction time, while ensuring our environmental footprint is far smaller than if you used conventional building methods.

The secret to our ability to meet accelerated timelines is that we can prepare the entire site while all the housing units are simultaneously being built in our climate-controlled factory.

Jason Wood
Jason Wood
Jason Wood

Metric Modular’s site manager of the TWU project, Jason Wood, says site preparation has taken approximately two months. While we were excavating the site, relocating sewer and electrical services, and pouring the foundation for the new building, all the above ground work was being built off-site at our Agassiz, B.C. factory.

And when we say “being built”, we mean nearly everything. That includes the framing, plumbing, electrical, painting, tiling, fixtures, appliances, windows. Even the millwork is created by in-house craftsmen. Once each unit is assembled, they are shipped by trucks and craned into place. Jason says the first three floors can be assembled at site in just 11 days.

If this were a conventional build, assembling the actual suites would have had to wait several months until the site was ready.

But the benefits extend far beyond our exceptional time advantage. The modular process also shields the building materials from the elements.

Joe Cosgrove, Vice-President of Project Development, says April was a particularly brutal month for rain, but all the TWU units stayed nice and dry in our factory. “Think about working in that volume of water,” Joe says. “Everything would have been soaked.”

Safer, Quieter, Faster
Safer, Quieter, Faster

“We are monumentally faster than conventional construction methods”

– Jason Wood

One key concern for TWU officials was how the construction process would co-exist with a busy campus. The construction site was located on a part of the campus that had a finite amount of space to work with and was next to where hundreds of students lived in existing dorms.

With most of the actual building being done in a factory setting, there aren’t months of hammering and pounding from workers. The site also requires far fewer power generators – a main source of noise for building sites.

Having building materials delivered to the factory, instead of the TWU site, means hundreds of large trucks were diverted away from a school that has only one entry point, reducing noise and creating a safer atmosphere.

“Imagine all those extra trucks rumbling through the campus,” Joe says. “With only one entrance, that would’ve created a real chokepoint.”

Jason says the fencing around the actual construction is set back only about 30 feet. Traditional construction sites often require 3 to 4 times as much space to accommodate all the lumber and other building materials that are stored. With our modular system, all those materials are stored at our factory, so there isn’t a giant pile of waste on a site that needs to be disposed of. A reduction in on-site materials also creates a safer site because they don’t need to be craned up to all the floors, lessening the chance of accidents.

“We meet with school officials every few days,” Jason says. “An important issue for them is noise. Students were just writing exams a few weeks ago, but with modular construction, we’re able to manage much quieter construction.”

–  Jason Wood

SHRINKING THE FOOTPRINT
SHRINKING THE FOOTPRINT

Site impact is reduced even more when one considers that an estimated 115 Metric Modular workers stay in the factory and do not need to even step foot on the TWU campus.

That means fewer demands on parking space for all of those workers, as well as less garbage and washroom requirements.

“Our building footprint is able to be so much smaller than conventional construction sites,” Jason says. “And we’re always looking at ways to minimize our footprint even further.”

That meant consulting with TWU officials and setting up mitigation efforts to protect an Ecosystem Study Area that sits right next to the building site.

Metric Modular is acting as the prime contractor for the TWU project, but our patented process can be easily tailored so we act as a subcontractor as well.

“We can go any way an owner wants us to go,” says Joe. “We can work with a contractor to meet their needs. That’s the advantage of modular construction.”

With the site preparation nearing completion, work is continuing at Metric Modular’s factory to finish up the last remaining modular units. Our streamlined process will ensure that each suite is completed and ready for delivery.

Start your Quote

Type
Size
Qty
Add More
Type
Size
Qty
Add More
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.