Edmonton-based Step Ahead Properties Ltd. and Ladacor Advanced Modular Systems have launched construction on their new modular apartment, an affordable housing development at Westgate Manor in Glenwood.
This development will be a first of its kind in Edmonton to use repurposed shipping-containers as part of an innovative modular building technology. Calgary-based Ladacor Advanced Modular Systems will fabricate the shipping containers into factory-finished modules that will be transported to the site and then craned into place.
“Using this modular building approach offers numerous benefits over conventional construction,” explained AJ Slivinski, owner of Step Ahead Properties Ltd. “There is a faster schedule, and off-site construction will mean less disruption to the existing tenants and surrounding neighbours. 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.”
Joseph Kiss, President of Ladacor, added: “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-storey buildings. 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 infill addition will feature a mix of one and two-bedroom units with a private balcony/patio and in-suite laundry. The project has a building-permit in place with construction ready to begin and occupancy scheduled for summer 2017.
The Ladacor technology has already been used successfully for various projects, including a four-storey hotel in Bruderheim, northeast of Edmonton. Step Ahead Properties Ltd are looking at further opportunities in the area to build more affordable housing.