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With innovative design and superior construction quality, Shelter is changing the way you think about modular.

Custom-designed modular construction can be as durable and attractive as site-built, with the added advantage of construction time savings and long-term flexibility.

With changing enrollments, schools today are beginning to recognize that modular construction simply makes better sense — even for permanent applications. With lifespans of up to 50 years, today’s modular building is nothing like your old preconceptions about modular. If you want the quality and durability of site-built — but with the flexibility to add, reconfigure or relocate modular sections as needs change — then modular is the ideal solution.

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Modular learning environments for the 21st century

A revolutionary new learning space has been brought to Canada. Shelter Modular has just finished construction of the Peregrine House School in Langley--a 1,200-square-foot modular learning environment adapted from the original Perkins+Will Sprout Space™.

The Peregrine House School is the first of its kind in the country and one of a few select preschools that will strictly follow the A.M.I. Montessori International Pedagogy, with its authentic full complete set of Montessori material, and custom child-sized furniture.

The facility is a groundbreaking version of a modular classroom facility—one that can provide healthy, sustainable, and flexible spaces for students to learn. Designed with 21st century students and teachers in mind, the space encourages an open and engaging teaching environment, and its adaptability allows for various teaching methods and seating configurations.

The Peregrine House School is a game changer in Langley. The facility is continuous from interior to exterior, due in part to the large doors and clerestory windows that span the length of the building. It features environmentally friendly and technologically advanced building components, including a heat recovery ventilator to meet the highest indoor air quality standards, including those required by LEED. The school is a well-insulated wood structure with high-reflectance roofing, fabric ductwork, bio-based flooring, and ample natural light. Passive-house philosophy, including continuous building envelope, exceptional insulation properties and awareness of thermal bridging has been incorporated into this design. These all help reduce energy usage and minimize negative impacts on the environment, particularly during its construction.

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3 classrooms, Sooke School District

LocationLangford, BCProject TypeEducationalClientSooke School District

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Modular learning environments for the 21st century

LocationLangley, BCProject TypeEducationalClientElm’s Academy

A revolutionary new learning space has been brought to Canada. Shelter Modular has just finished construction of the Peregrine House School in Langley--a…

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A revolutionary new learning space has been brought to Canada. Shelter Modular has just finished construction of the Peregrine House School in Langley--a 1,200-square-foot modular learning environment adapted from the original Perkins+Will Sprout Space™.

The Peregrine House School is the first of its kind in the country and one of a few select preschools that will strictly follow the A.M.I. Montessori International Pedagogy, with its authentic full complete set of Montessori material, and custom child-sized furniture.

The facility is a groundbreaking version of a modular classroom facility—one that can provide healthy, sustainable, and flexible spaces for students to learn. Designed with 21st century students and teachers in mind, the space encourages an open and engaging teaching environment, and its adaptability allows for various teaching methods and seating configurations.

The Peregrine House School is a game changer in Langley. The facility is continuous from interior to exterior, due in part to the large doors and clerestory windows that span the length of the building. It features environmentally friendly and technologically advanced building components, including a heat recovery ventilator to meet the highest indoor air quality standards, including those required by LEED. The school is a well-insulated wood structure with high-reflectance roofing, fabric ductwork, bio-based flooring, and ample natural light. Passive-house philosophy, including continuous building envelope, exceptional insulation properties and awareness of thermal bridging has been incorporated into this design. These all help reduce energy usage and minimize negative impacts on the environment, particularly during its construction.

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Learning Tree Daycare Demonstrates the Beauty of Modular

LocationVancouver, BCProject TypeEducationalClientBrant Villa Daycare SocietyBudget$1 millionArchitectGHM Architects – Mark Mathiasen

Shelter was the right choice for this site-sensitive building project for Brant Villa Daycare Society in Vancouver, BC. The Learning Tree Daycare project involved…

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Shelter was the right choice for this site-sensitive building project for Brant Villa Daycare Society in Vancouver, BC. The Learning Tree Daycare project involved demolishing and removing an existing building and installing a new and larger building complex, while paying careful attention not to damage a fruit tree that was a landmark to the site.

The Shelter team had to adjust timber piles and lay new reinforced concrete foundations for the new building design, while working within the confines of a tight and small Vancouver lot. Shelter provided all the site work and site services on this challenging turnkey project.

“We had confidence in Shelter to complete the project to a high quality standard and on time,” says Bob Brandle and Harald Yurk of the Learning Tree Day Care. “Shelter is a world-renowned modular building company, skilled in providing economical designs, with superior quality construction, all within reasonable time frames.”

The project also included a geothermal heating/cooling system and landscaping. The playground equipment, benches and other items were all made of custom hand-carved British Columbia wood. Special features of the project included peaked roofs, wood soffits, cork floors and hardiplank siding and trim.

Learning Tree Day Care project managers Bob Brandle and Harald Yurk add, “The final product is a first class 2,316 square foot modular complex, completed within budget (and at the lowest bid). We can highly recommend Shelter as a contractor for any similar project.”

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Full Day Kindergarten Classrooms — BC Ministry of Education

Project Length9 monthsLocationThroughout BC; 25 school districts; 100 sitesProject TypeEducationalClientBC Ministry of EducationBudget$30 million

As part of a $30-million contract with the Province of BC’s Ministry of Education, Shelter designed, built and installed 140 state-of-the-art, modular classrooms for…

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As part of a $30-million contract with the Province of BC’s Ministry of Education, Shelter designed, built and installed 140 state-of-the-art, modular classrooms for BC’s new full-day kindergarten program, which started September 2011.

These new classrooms are far from the typical school portable of yesteryear, which only had a 15-year lifespan. In fact, you really can’t compare them. “This is different,” said then BC Minister of Education Margaret MacDiarmid during a tour of the prototype January 2011 (who has since been replaced by George Abbott, who has also toured the plant). “You can just tell by the feel of it.” Designed to last up to 40 years, these structures, installed on permanent foundations, will provide the same feel and comfort as any site-built structure. Even those buildings that will be installed on temporary foundations will provide the warmth necessary to deal with a harsh winter in Northern BC and the comfort of air conditioning on a sweltering hot day in BC’s Okanagan.

Mary Polak, then Minister of Children and Family Development (now Minister for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation) and current Langley MLA, also attended the tour of the prototype and agreed that these new buildings are the way of the future. She said, “You can’t even call these buildings a portable. They are so night and day different.”

“There is nothing like this anywhere else [in the province],” said MacDiarmid. Working closely with the Ministry and school district representatives, Shelter employed creative thinking and the most advanced technologies to produce a superior structure that sets a new benchmark for modular school construction in British Columbia.

The classrooms are more spacious, with large functional windows, durable window roll shutters, security screens, high performance warm insulation (outside the framing), an energy-efficient HVAC system, wood exterior and interior finishing, and the infrastructure for full building services and computer technology. It also meets the latest seismic safety standards. MacDiarmid said it’s a great space for younger students. “It’s airy. It’s bright. I love the windows and the natural light … the primary colours on the [ceiling] and … the cabinetry.”

“This is a great way to have gone,” said MacDiarmid. With enrolment growing in some areas and declining in others, modular classrooms provide the flexibility to be moved or clustered should enrolment forecasts change.

Minister Polak agreed, adding that modular buildings provide a ton of savings in time and labour. Buildings are constructed indoors, eliminating weather delays. Plus building construction can move ahead without waiting for foundations to be laid. This translates into a costs savings, which means more money can be put into the classroom.

MacDiarmid concluded, “Things have gone well. I can’t wait to see these classroom spaces filled with students.” In total, 25 school districts with about 100 sites across the province received the 140 modular classrooms.

“I am quite confident that [parents and educators] are going to be quite pleased to receive [these modular classrooms],” added Minister Polak. From the words of kindergarten students and their parents who also attended the tour, these new modular classrooms are destined to be a winner. “It looks like a real classroom,” said parent Tracey Munday. Parent Sheri Williams agreed, “They look pretty amazing.”

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Simon Fraser University chooses Shelter for quality modular

Location Metro Vancouver, BCProject TypeEducationalClientSimon Fraser UniversityArchitectB.Gordon Hlynsky Architects

Shelter recently completed a 10,837 square foot classroom and administration building for Simon Fraser University’s Foreign Exchange Student Program. Shelter was an…

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Shelter recently completed a 10,837 square foot classroom and administration building for Simon Fraser University’s Foreign Exchange Student Program. Shelter was an obvious choice for this project. SFU Development Manager, Erik Grafstorm says, “I had researched Shelter’s background and found their reputation to be very sound among past clients.”

This multi-unit, single-storey temporary structure was designed to service immediate needs of their ESL program, without making the commitment of building a permanent structure.

Designed with the building occupants in mind, this 5 classroom building features numerous skylights in the central hallways to maximize natural light and a roof-mount HVAC with heating/cooling system. Security was also an important aspect of this project. As such the building also features and intrusion alarm, high security door locks, and electronic card readers.

To match other buildings on the site, the building was designed with corrugated steel siding with a galvalume finish. Spacious decks, plus building skirting, stairs, and ramps were added for additional appeal and functionality.

SFU Development Manager, Erik Grafstorm says, “I have found Shelter to be a very accommodating contractor, working with the owner and consultants in a team spirit to overcome obstacles and help complete the project on time and within budget. Shelter appears to have a good understanding of a learning institution’s particular needs and works diligently to satisfy them. Construction problems were kept to a minimum and very few change orders were required.”

The project was unmitigated success. SFU Development Manager, Erik Grafstorm says, “After completing this project, I would add my recommendation and not hesitate to work with Shelter in the future.”

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Leed Silver Certified Classrooms — Alberta Ministry of Education

Location16 Alberta Schools in Calgary and EdmontonProject TypeEducationalClientBird Graham SchoolsBudget$28 million

Shelter and Greensmart Manufacturing (the Greensmart Shelters Group of Companies) has recently completed 192 double-wide modular classrooms for Alberta’s new LEED…

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Shelter and Greensmart Manufacturing (the Greensmart Shelters Group of Companies) has recently completed 192 double-wide modular classrooms for Alberta’s new LEED Silver Certified schools P3 project.

Bird Graham Schools (a joint venture between Bird Design-Build Limited and Graham Design Builders) had the 30-year contract for the design, construction, finance and maintenance of 16 schools in Calgary and Edmonton, and awarded the Greensmart Shelters Group with the modular portion of the project.

“We chose Greensmart Shelter because they had the knowledge, experience, and willingness to provide top quality product within very tight construction deadlines,” says Ian Boyd, Project Director at Bird-Graham Schools.

The project was very much a team approach. Shelter provided contract administration, project management, and manufacturing direction and oversight at the Greensmart Manufacturing facility, operating together under the holding company Greensmart Shelters Inc.

This project was very unique. It had to meet superior LEED Silver Certified design standards, requiring top-level energy efficiency and conservation, with an extensive 50-year life span. LEED specifications covered ventilation, heating, lighting, insulation for R-value and noise suppression, fire protection and building materials. Greensmart’s Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) incorporated into the modular construction enabled the team to meet these stringent demands.

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are prefabricated building panels, constructed with expanded polystyrene rigid foam insulation, sandwiched between two oversized structural skins of oriented strand board, without the typical wood-studs that create heat loss. They are structurally superior to conventional wood frame buildings, enhancing the portability of these modular classrooms. And being tightly sealed and constructed indoors, this type of modular construction eliminates the potential for moulds and insects, providing a much healthier classroom environment.

Much more attractive, stronger, and comfortable than a typical portable, these new modular classrooms are in a class all their own. They feel like a site-built structure, yet they can be moved as school enrolments change.

“The end result of this project is energy-efficient schools that meet LEED Silver design requirements and provide a healthy environment through improved air quality and use of natural light,” says Jack Hayden, Minister of Infrastructure, Province of Alberta.

With decades of modular construction experience, Shelter also won a $30 million contract with BC’s Ministry of Education to provide 138 modular classrooms for their new full-day kindergarten. Construction is underway and all installations will be in place in time for the September 2011 school year.

“This is a great way to have gone,” says BC Minister of Education Margaret MacDiarmid. With enrolment growing in some areas and declining in others, modular classrooms provide the flexibility to be moved or clustered should enrolment forecasts change. Mary Polak, BC Minister of Children and Family Development, MLA and former School Board Chair, agrees, adding that modular buildings provide a ton of savings in time and labour. Buildings are constructed indoors, eliminating weather delays. Plus building construction can move ahead without waiting for foundations to be laid. This translates into a costs savings, which means more money can be put into the classroom.

“I am quite confident that [parents and educators] are going to be quite pleased to receive [these modular classrooms],” says Minister Polak. “These are different. You can just tell by the feel of it,” adds Minister MacDiarmid. Designed to last up to 40 years, these structures, installed on permanent foundations, will provide the same feel and comfort as any site-built structure. Even those buildings that will be installed on temporary foundations will provide the warmth necessary to deal with a harsh winter in the north and the comfort of air conditioning on a sweltering hot day in the south.

From the words of kindergarten students and their parents who visited the first classroom, these new modular classrooms are destined to be a winner. “It looks like a real classroom,” said parent Tracey Munday. Parent Sheri Williams agreed, “They look pretty amazing.”

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Shelter Wins MBI Award for Surrey College

LocationSurrey, BCProject TypeEducationalClientSurrey School District #36ArchitectGraham Hoffat Mathiessen Architects

Surrey School District #36 selected Shelter Industries to construct the first phase of the new Surrey College Campus, which houses a self-funded adult educational…

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Surrey School District #36 selected Shelter Industries to construct the first phase of the new Surrey College Campus, which houses a self-funded adult educational program run by the Surrey School District.

Kerry Magnus, the Associate Director, Business Management Services, at the Surrey School District, says “We decided to go with modular mainly because of time constraints. Since modular could be constructed indoors while the permanent foundations were laid, we could get up and running faster. It was amazing to see the crane put the modular units into place all in one day!”

The Surrey College Campus is a 17,071 square foot classroom complex, comprised of 32 modules. This permanent facility includes 12 classrooms, administrative offices, student and faculty lounges, and washrooms. The facility includes all the attributes of site-built construction, including a skylight, lots of functional windows, central hot water heating, electrical, communications and security systems, full fire alarm and sprinkler systems, ventilation system, window and door security shutters, and a permanent foundation with an insulated/heated crawl space.

Surrey School Associate Director Kerry Magnus also credits the architectural team for designing a building that looks so “collegiate” and inviting. “These modular buildings are certainly nothing like the old school portables. Some of our staff were very wary about going with modular. But now that the project is complete, everyone is very happy with it. These modular buildings have a completely different feel than what people imagine they would have.”

Project architect, Mark Mathiasen of Graham Hoffart Mathiasen Architects, says “We’ve worked extensively with modular construction. It’s easy to work with once one understands a few basic principals, including shipping constraints. Construction in a climate-controlled factory environment contributed to the high quality result.”

“The facility was completed and opened December 2006,” says Dave Paul, Director of Instruction at the Surrey College. “We are quite satisfied with the quality of construction in these buildings. They are warm and inviting. I particularly like the ventilation system. With the heat and fresh air, these are very comfortable and healthy buildings. I’m also very pleased with Shelter’s responsiveness to our needs. Overall, I’m very pleased. These modular units are top quality.”

“This building is representative of what you can do with modular,” says Shelter Industries president Harold Clifford. “With great design and superior quality construction, this project enabled Shelter to win an award from the Modular Building Institute.”

To learn more about the Surrey College, go to www.surreycollege.sd36.bc.ca.