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North America’s largest shipping container-based hotel opens in Ontario

Days Inn in Sioux Lookout, Ont., built by Ladacor uses 120 repurposed shipping containers as modular core



The Days Inn in Sioux Lookout, Ont., is North America's largest shipping container-based hotel. PHOTO Ladacor

The Days Inn in Sioux Lookout, Ont., is North America’s largest shipping container-based hotel. PHOTO Ladacor

CALGARY—A brand new Days Inn hotel in Sioux Lookout, Ont., has officially opened, making it the largest shipping container-based hotel in North America, according to the company behind the project.

Ladacor Ltd. said the hotel used 120 repurposed shipping containers as its modular core thanks to the company’s Advanced Modular System.

“In the case of Days Inn (in) Sioux Lookout, we are proud to have not only created an environmentally sustainable and progressive solution for our client by repurposing 120 surplus shipping containers, we have developed a very high quality project to meet stringent standards of the Days Inn brand,” Ladacor president Joseph Kiss said in a release.

The two-storey hotel is home to 60 guest rooms, as well as three meeting rooms, a breakfast room and hospitality lounge, and a fitness centre.

Construction took only 13 months, according to the hotel’s owner, Don Klisowsky.

“The use of a modular system was well suited for the Sioux Lookout location and the challenges of building in northern Ontario,” said Jack Steenhof, principal with Steenhof Building Services Group, which partnered with Ladacor on the project.

“The engineering solutions developed by our team provided a great partnership with Ladacor’s Advanced Modular System, where we were able to use innovative design approaches to complete the structure in record time.”

Ladacor said it is working with clients to find ways to utilize the Advanced Modular System in retail and manufacturing settings, as well as multi-family housing, workforce camps, student housing and senior residences.

Ladacor operates a 26,000-sq.ft. manufacturing facility in Calgary.

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