Modular Helping to Solve Affordable Housing Challenges

Westgate Manor groundbreaking. Credit: REMI Network.

Two Alberta, Canada based companies are teaming up to create a modular solution to affordable housing.

According to reminetwork, Edmonton-based Step Ahead Properties and Calgary-based Ladacor Advanced Modular Systems have launched construction on their new modular apartment, an affordable housing development at Westgate Manor in Glenwood.

The development will be the first of its kind in the area to use repurposed shipping containers as part of modular building technology.

Using this modular building approach offers numerous benefits over conventional construction,” said AJ Slivinski, owner of Step Ahead Properties.

AJ Slivinski. Credit: LinkedIn.

There is a faster schedule, and off-site construction will mean less disruption to the existing tenants and surrounding neighbors. The steel building is non-combustible, which is far safer and more durable for rental housing, and lastly the modular construction gives a far better sound insulation between the suites, making them much quieter for the residents.

Ladacor will fabricate the shipping containers into factory-finished modules that will be transported to the site and then craned into place.

Joseph Kiss. Credit: LinkedIn.

Our Advanced Modular System technology uses repurposed shipping containers as an integral part of a highly engineered, building code and CSA standard compliant modular system for multi-story buildings,” said Ladacor president Joseph Kiss.

The one-trip shipping containers that we use enable us to provide a high quality steel, non-combustible building that is cost-effective, with a fast-tracked schedule. When the project is complete, it will be indistinguishable from a conventional building.

The new complex will be a mix of one and two bedroom units with in-unit laundry and private patios. According to reminetwork, the Ladacor technology has already been used successfully for various projects, including a four-story hotel in Bruderheim, located northeast of Edmonton.

The Westgate Manor project has a building-permit in place with construction ready to begin, and occupancy scheduled for summer 2017.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, we have covered the affordable housing movement throughout Canada recently, including Vancouver’s plans to tackle their homeless crisis here. ##

(Image credits are as shown above.)

RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

Submitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.



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