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Worksites of all kinds — from farms to camps — need offices, workforce housing, dining facilities, washrooms and more.

Whether your need is immediate, seasonal, long-term, or permanent, Shelter can provide you with exactly the type of building you need … from easily relocatable containers and skid camps, to exceptionally-comfortable, custom-designed complexes installed on permanent foundations.

With superior quality, fast production, and a track record of exceptional customer service, Shelter’s modular buildings are among the best in the world. All you need to decide is the design that fits your budget.

For economical applications, also check out our New & Used Inventory. If you are interested in a more luxurious building, see some of our other applications, such as Commercial. And you might also want to explore some design options on our planning page.

Whatever your need, simply contact Shelter and we’ll help you every step of the way, from architectural drawings to full project management services.

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Shelter Supplies Camp to Russian Arctic

At –70 degrees Celsius, survival means simply keeping warm and dry. That’s the case with a gold mining camp built for northeastern Russia by Shelter Modular.

“The camp is designed for Arctic weather conditions” says Nigel Harrison, Shelter’s manager of international sales. “In the winter of 2000-2001, when the camp was delivered and installed, night-time temperatures dipped to between –60 and –70 degrees.”

Greatly Reduced Freight Costs

To eliminate substantial ocean freight charges from Vancouver to Russia, the modular camp was constructed at Shelter’s factory near Beijing, China. The camp was then shipped by freighter from China to Russia, greatly reducing costs.

The manager responsible for camp procurement says tilt he saved about 320,000 Canadian dollars ($200,000 U.S.) in ocean freight costs by shipping the project from the China factory. “It’s a good camp,” he adds, “that amply meets our needs.”

Relocatable Mini Camp

The hard-rock underground mine, on the Julietta property about 400 kilometres north of Magadan, is a partnership between a Canadian and a Russian mining company, JSC Omsukchansk. The mine poured its first gold in October 2001 and is expected to last up to ten years, after which the camp can be moved to another site.

Shelter Introduces NewSuper Executive Workforce Housing

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This new 20-person dormitory is ideal for the Oil & Gas Camp or Mining Camp executive who wants a little more luxury on the worksite. These more luxurious accommodations are larger and more comfortable than the standard 28-person executive dormitory.

This new workforce housing building features:

  • 20 single-occupancy executive bedrooms (10’6” x 11’2”), furnished with captain or queen bed & mattress, desk & chair, personal closet, window (4’x3’), wall to wall carpet, and private entry door.
  • Private Ensuite Washroom, with sink, toilet and standard Hytec 48×36 shower stall.
  • Laundry Room with standard Washers & Dryers, utility sink, counter.
  • Janitor Storage Room with Mop Sink.
  • Roof/Floors: Rugged 2×10 roof and floor joists, R-20 insulation. Fully Adhered EPDM Roofing System.
  • Exterior Walls: 2×6 Frame, R20 Insulation, Metal Siding.
  • Windows: Double Glazed, Vinyl Clad.
  • Furnace/Air: Efficient Forced Air Furnace System; Standard Shelter Air Conditioning Unit; Ducting & Exhaust Fans.
  • Water & Plumbing: Standard Shelter Decorative Plumbing Fixtures; 50 US gallon Hot Water Tank.
  • Electrical: 208 Volt triple phase service, 220v for washer/dryer, 500 watt baseboard heaters, TV outlets, Internet Outlets, Fire Alarm System
  • Built In Accordance with Alberta Part 10 and BC Part 9 Structural.
  • 1 Year Standard Shelter Warranty.

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3-storey Workforce Housing for Gold Mine Camp

Project Length5 weeksLocationNorthwest British ColumbiaProject TypeIndustrialClientHomestake Canada Inc. Eskay Creek Site

Shelter has supplied turnkey workforce housing for a mining camp located in an isolated section of northwestern British Columbia near Alaska. The three-storey dormitory…

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Shelter has supplied turnkey workforce housing for a mining camp located in an isolated section of northwestern British Columbia near Alaska. The three-storey dormitory complex was designed and built for Eskay Creek, an underground gold mine wholly owned and operated by Homestake Canada Inc. Eskay Creek is considered one of Canada’s most profitable mines.

“Traditionally, workforce camps have used one or two-storey designs. The Eskay Creek residence is a unique application of modular design and construction,” says Harold Clifford, Shelter Modular’s President.

Cold Weather Specifications

The mountainous site, approximately 1000 kilometers north of Vancouver, is accessible by truck along a 60-kilometer gravel road from the nearest highway.

Shelter designed and manufactured the modular building to meet cold-weather and heavy-snow specifications: some winters have up to 55 feet of snow. The truss roof, built in sections and finished in 26-gauge profiled metal, is a sharp 12/12 pitch. There is extra insulation, amounting to R40 in the roof and R20 in the walls. Heating is based on a combination of electricity, propane, and a glycol back up.

The dormitory-style building accommodates an additional 48 employees and features washroom and laundry facilities on each storey. The twelve large modules, or sections, built in Shelter’s Aldergrove factory, were craned onto a perimeter concrete foundation. Installation and commissioning on site took only about five weeks.

Workforce Camp Experience

The new addition is an expansion of existing residential facilities, and will serve for the life of the mine, an additional six or seven years. The housing complex can then be easily moved to another mine site.

Shelter management’s extensive experience in workforce housing dates from the 1960s. The company has produced camps for nearly every industry: oil and gas, mining, forestry, construction and pipelines. In addition, Shelter has produced a complete range of worksite buildings, such as kitchens and diners, washrooms, laundry rooms, dormitories and houses. Shelter buildings arrive with completely finished turnkey facilities.

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Shelter Camped Out in the Oilsands

LocationNorthern SaskatchewanProject TypeIndustrialClientOilsands QuestBudget$3.7 million

In a remote area of Northern Saskatchewan, Shelter modular units have become home to a 100-person workforce for Oilsands Quest Sask.Inc. In the dead…

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In a remote area of Northern Saskatchewan, Shelter modular units have become home to a 100-person workforce for Oilsands Quest Sask.Inc.

In the dead cold of winter, in temperatures as low as 45 degrees below zero, Shelter worked with Oilsands Quest to install this major project. The project involved a 23,000 square foot housing camp, constructed of 31 modules, including workforce housing, offices, and an 8-module kitchen-dining-recreational facility, including a 60-person dining area.

Oilsands Quest procurement manager, Gordon Weiland says, “The facility had to be installed during the winter months because the soft earth would make it impossible to navigate in any type of vehicle. We needed to find a modular company that had the experience and the capability to meet our major needs in a very short time. We looked at a variety of companies and finally chose Shelter because they have the experience, excellent product, and the ability be responsive to our unique needs.”

This new camp was created to replace an older, 35-person work camp on the same grounds. The old facilities had to be moved in order to install the new camp in the same site with the utilities and connections. However, since Oilsands’ exploration work had to continue during this time and people still had to be housed in the modular units, the installation team faced a massive challenge. Shelter’s team had to work day and night over the Christmas holidays and well into February to help move the older modular units and install all the new modular units. Some people even had to be housed in the new modular units before they were fully installed.

The whole project was completed by the end of February 2007. The entire $3.7 million housing camp includes two dormitory buildings: (1) one dormitory building has 49 single occupancy rooms with a common washroom, and (2) a second dormitory building includes 35 single occupancy rooms with a common washroom facility. This second building also includes 10 executive rooms with shared and private washroom configurations. The camp also includes a custom-designed office facility for base camp administration, and two 8-person sleepers and two well-site staff quarters for satellite camp use. The units were installed on steel skids to make them easy to relocate to future sites.

Oilsands Quest procurement manager, Gordon Weiland says, “We are very pleased with Shelter. This was an enormous undertaking. They bent over backwards to help us meet our timelines and their installation people were very responsive and helpful. One day, we even worked for 26 hours straight to haul the camp 23 kilometres! We couldn’t be more pleased!”

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Canadian Department of Fisheries and Canadian Coast Guard

LocationDenny Island, near Bella BellaProject TypeIndustrialClientCoast Guard and Fisheries station

Pre-fabricated building manufacturer, Shelter Modular, announces the official opening of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ new Coast Guard and Fisheries station…

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Pre-fabricated building manufacturer, Shelter Modular, announces the official opening of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ new Coast Guard and Fisheries station on Denny Island, near Bella Bella on BC’s central coast.

Shelter pre-fabricated this attractive new residential and office complex, consisting of one office, one duplex residence and two three-bedroom, single-family residences, providing more than 10,000 square feet in total. The complex is designed to serve as the permanent residence for four Fisheries Conservation and Protection officers and their families, and as an office for Fisheries and a rotating shift of four Coast Guard Search and Rescue officers.

New resident and Fisheries Conservation Officer Derek Chung says, “These new buildings are top quality. They are warm, comfortable, and well-designed with a number of attractive features like lots of windows, an extended veranda and wooden accents that make it feel like home. I would never have guessed that this was a modular-built home. It is much better than I expected. I’m very impressed!”

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans specified modular-built construction namely because it enabled them to overcome two main challenges: the short building season of BC’s tempestuous central coast climate and the remote location of the site. Choosing pre-fabricated buildings enabled them to start construction immediately while foundations were being laid. It also made logistics for coordinating trades, materials and inspections much more efficient, and therefore more economical. When the construction was complete, the completed sections were barged to the site for final assembly.

Fisheries Project Manager, Gregg Morris, P. Eng., says, “Working on this project has changed my perception of pre-fabricated buildings. I used to think that a modular building was an ‘enhanced trailer.’ This project has convinced me otherwise. With the building being constructed indoors, I am convinced that the quality of pre-fabricated buildings is in fact far superior to on-site construction, particularly in a remote area. And with the help of an architect who was experienced with modular construction, we were able to create attractive buildings that rival any site-built structures.”

“You can do a lot more with modular construction than most people think,” says project architect Bill Evans of Russher & Evans Architects. “Of course, we have to design with shipping considerations in mind, but with some creative design we can construct some very attractive buildings.”

“Modular construction is ideal for remote locations that don’t have immediate access to trades and materials,” says Shelters President Harold Clifford. “It is also ideal for repetitive design applications, such as in schools and motels; and for stores, offices and workforce housing since they can be relocated and reused when needs or market conditions change. With creative design and versatile applications, modular construction can be a more feasible option.”

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Russian Artic Workforce Camp

LocationRussia, Artic CircleProject TypeIndustrialClientJSC Omsukchansk Mining Company

At 70 degrees below 0 Celsius, survival means simply keeping warm and dry. That’s the case with a gold mining camp built for northeastern Russian by Shelter. …

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At 70 degrees below 0 Celsius, survival means simply keeping warm and dry. That’s the case with a gold mining camp built for northeastern Russian by Shelter.

“The camp is designed for Artic weather conditions,” says Nigel Harrison of Shelter. “In the winter, when the camp was delivered and installed, night-time temperatures dipped to between -60 and -70 degrees.”

Greatly Reduced Frieght Costs

To eliminate substantial ocean freight charges from Vancouver to Russia, the modular camp was constructed at Shelter’s factory near Beijing, China. The camp was then shipped by freighter from China to Russia, greatly reducing costs.

The manager responsible for camp procurement says that he saved about $320,000 in ocean freight costs by shipping the project from the China factory. “It’s a good camp,” he adds, “that amply meets our needs.”

Relocatable Mine Camp

The hard rock underground mine, on the Julietta property about 400 kilometers north of Magadan, is a partnership between a Canadian and a Russian mining company, JSC Omsukchansk. The mine poured its first gold in October 2001 and is expected to last up to ten years, after which the camp can be moved to another site.

Complete Artic Community

The 22,000 square-foot camp is a complete community, housing 136 employees. In addition to bedrooms, the camp includes lounge and recreation areas, full kitchen and dining facilities, and laundry. There is also a 16-foot wide, 212-foot long interconnecting structure serving as a recreational facility and indoor Artic Corridor. Twenty-seven separate modules and numerous pre-fabricated panels make up the camp.

While the project was designed in Canada, it combines building materials sourced from both China and Canada. Canadian supplies include catering equipment and furnaces. Shelter camps can be designed to suit a variety of budget options.

China Production Facility

With its large factory in China, Shelter is the only Western company to have modular-building production facilities in Pacific Asia. Shelter offers the benefits of a North America team, including design, engineering and management, coupled with production in the China factory for lower final costs and greatly reduced transport costs. All projects are designed and constructed with the same quality standards, materials and supervision as in Canada.