– Amy Saya, TWU Student
When Amy Saya was offered a sneak peek at where she would be living for the next year, she was cautious.
And she had a lot of questions.
Saya, a kinesiology student going into her fourth year at Trinity Western University, was about to tour the new five-storey student housing built by our team at Metric Modular, but she didn’t know anything about modular construction. Neither did her father, a civil engineer and protective father.
“My dad wants me to be safe and protected so he gave me a lot of questions about framing,” Amy says. “We wanted to know how solid this would be.”
After touring the new facility, including her new apartment, let’s just say Amy no longer has any questions. “I was astounded,” Amy says. “I had watched how they put the units together and then walking around inside – it feels so strong and well-built. Really solid. It’s a place I’ll feel safe living in.”
Once those questions were out of the way, Amy set out to see how livable the building would be.
And once again, she was impressed.
The new TWU dorm building for students in their third and fourth years (often known as upperclassmen) features lounge/study areas on the ends of each floor so students can get together with friends or do some reading outside of their rooms without having to actually leave the building.
“These lounges will be really well-used because sometimes you need to get out of your room,” Amy says. “They have lots of nice, natural light.”
Amy was also overjoyed at the size of each apartment, especially the bathrooms, which have two enclosed toilets and showers to ensure privacy for four students who have to live together.
“The lighting in the rooms is lovely,” she says. “Everywhere I went didn’t seem cluttered at all. They are really well-designed with students in mind.”
Oh, and one last detail made Amy especially happy: the inclusion of a small on-site café that will sell her favourite caffeinated beverages.
“I will be there a lot,” she says with a laugh.
– Scott Fehrenbacher
Senior Vice President, External Relations
Trinity Western University
Amy’s glowing reviews of our modular housing is music to the ears of Scott Fehrenbacher, Senior Vice President, External Relations for TWU, and the person responsible for recruitment for the school.
Scott says competition is fierce with post-secondary institutions to recruit the best and brightest students. He says academic programs are a big draw for students, but increasingly it’s about selling an experience while they learn.
“Students are spending several years with us so we want to show them the lifestyle on campus is comfortable for them,” Scott says.
The housing that our team at Metric Modular has designed and built will definitely help with the recruitment process, he adds, because first-year students see what they have to look forward to when they become upperclassmen.
“The new housing offers a radical improvement in our ability to compete with other schools because it’s so well-designed,” Scott says, citing such details as the way Metric Modular has incorporated bathrooms into each unit instead of communal facilities on each floor. “That kind of thing is really important to students nowadays.”
– Richard Taylor
Vice-President of Student Life
Trinity Western University
One big reason why our TWU housing is such a big hit with students and staff is that the design was heavily influenced by their input during our upfront planning process.
Richard Taylor, Vice-President of Student Life, said his department and student representatives worked with our design team to come up with changes, especially in the lounge areas on each floor.
“We felt that Metric Modular was really responsive to student needs,” he says.
Richard adds that after touring the new housing, he was “jealous” because it’s so much better than the housing when he was in university.
“This is like the Hilton,” Richard says, referring to the US hotel chain that’s known for its lavish guest experiences. He adds that Metric Modular’s ability to get the project done on time despite a tight timeline has put the entire school at ease.
“We want to reduce stress in our students as much as possible and so knowing this project is ready and all the updates we’d provided has been excellent.”
– Bob Nice
SVP Business Administration and CFO
Trinity Western University
The TWU administrator who has perhaps worked with our Metric Modular team the closest is Bob Nice, Senior Vice-Presidents of Business Administration and Chief Financial Officer. Bob says he’s happy with the positive feedback from students and staff about the housing but also says he isn’t surprised because he knows how smoothly the process has been from design to completion.
There have been some unexpected bumps, such as when electrical wiring was discovered underground during the site preparation process, but Bob says our Metric Modular team easily handled the unexpected need to redirect the wiring.
He adds that it’s been a dream to work closely with Joe Cosgrove, Vice-President of Projects, and Jason Wood, our site manager for the TWU project.
“These guys are builders,” Bob says. “They built trust with us because they say what they’re going to do and then they do it. I would be happy to work with them again on a future project.”
“The new housing offers a radical improvement in our ability to compete with other schools because it’s so well-designed”
Trinity Western University needed to expand student housing, but timing was tight. With just 9 months from contract signing to students moving in, Trinity turned to Metric Modular to ensure the timeline would be met.View Phase
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 had to be move-in ready by September 2018.View Phase
Building each modular unit in our factory means all the site preparation has been completed while the suites were being built simultaneously. The time and costs savings is significant, but building modular housing in a factory offers so many more advantages.View Phase
The start of the craning process is an important milestone as it marks the transition from the hard work of building the modular units at our factory to actually putting each unit into place at their permanent home.
The new housing offers a radical improvement to TWU's ability to compete with other schools because it has been designed taking into consideration students' lifestyle.View Phase