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Spul’u’kwuks Elementary School

First Nations communities across the Northwest are discovering that modular is a cost effective, efficient and easier solution than traditional site construction. With attractive designs and superior construction quality, Shelter Modular buildings are as comfortable and as durable as site-built. In fact our modular buildings are often unrecognizable as being constructed off-site

Even though many people call modular better construction, the real advantage for remote First Nations communities is the ease and speed of the construction schedule. Traditional site construction requires a lot of coordination of materials, tradespeople, and inspectors — not to mention dealing with construction delays due to poor weather. In remote sites, traditional site construction almost becomes impossible when you can’t just run down to the local hardware store to pick up materials or you have to reschedule some trades. With modular construction, all of that coordination is handled in Shelter’s heated factory. Modular construction not only saves time, it ultimately reduces costly delays and unnecessary waste.

Shelter’s modular is simply a better solution. Not only is it better quality, faster, and easier, it is also better for the environment and better for your pocketbook. Discover the advantages of modular. Let us help you explore the possibilities and start planning your project today.

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First Nations Community at Kluskus Lake

Kluskus Lake School and Community Hall

How does a school get built at an isolated site with no road access?

For Shelter Modular, the answer is easy, build the structure in its factory and lift it to the site by helicopter. Shelter supplied the school and community hall to the Kluskus Indian Band.

“Designing and providing the facility was very much a team approach,” said Nigel Harrison. We worked with the Carrier-Chilcotin Tribal Council, of which Kluskus is a member. The attractive school was designed to blend in with a community in which most structures are log cabins.

There was a short time frame to provide a new school said Harrison… site installation was completed in 21 days. The 5,000 sq. ft. modular school was supplied to the isolated Kluskus village, which is located in the Chilcotin region approximately 120 kilometers west of Quesnel. The challenge was to airlift by helicopter, 19 building modules, five raised roof sections and six loads of material to the Kluskus village from a marshalling area 5 miles from the village. A crew of building trade specialists were flown to the site via float plane from Quesnel. Scheduling of crews and equipment as well as working with weather conditions were some of the challenges facing Shelter.

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“Designing and providing the facility was very much a team approach,” said Nigel Harrison. We worked with the Carrier-Chilcotin Tribal Council, of which Kluskus is a member. The attractive school was designed to blend in with a community in which most structures are log cabins.

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“The last thing you’d think, looking around the big cheerful space, is that you have entered a portable or modular building,” says T’it’kit representative about the new pre-school manufactured by Shelter “The T’it’kit preschool represents a new class of modular construction.” The walls are well insulated, the rooms are well ventilated and the design is functional elegant. And compared to conventional construction methods, this modular is considerably less expensive.”

Architect Ib Hansen also praised the community for its members hard work. “This was a special project for us,” he said. “It may well be small in footprint but involved lots of time in our office too. We wanted to realize the cost benefits without losing the building’s individuality, he said. We saw a real result when we put this building up for public tender.”

“We have not sacrificed on the finishing work and the building is extremely well insulated. Shelter delivered a quality product.”