Canadian Manufacturing

Stack Modular and Bird Construction partnership results in first-place award for hotel and conference centre

Construction showcases Canadian advanced manufacturing capabilities.

April 9, 2021  by CM Staff

MISSISSAUGA — On Apr. 9, Stack Modular and Bird Construction announced that they had been recognized with a first-place award from the Modular Building Institute for “Permanent Modular Hotel Over 10,000 sq.ft.” for their work on the Aqsarniit Hotel and Conference Centre. The award-winning property is owned by the Qiqiktaaluk Business Development Corporation, a wholly Inuit-owned development corporation. This building marks a significant milestone for Stack and Bird, completing their first project as partners, and delivering a turnkey modular construction solution with an integrated conventional build.

“It was exciting to see our first project come to life alongside our partner, Bird. Being recognized on a global scale through this prestigious award signifies our unique value offering,” said Stack CEO, Jim Dunn. “Our modular solution significantly reduced the cost of a site-built budget and reduced the total schedule, which supported an attractive ROI projection for our client.”

“Everything from the steel frame to the internal fixtures was pre-fabricated in the Canadian-owned advanced manufacturing facilities, and shipped to the worksite,” said Graham Finch, Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist at RDH Building Science, an international engineering firm dedicated to making buildings better. “On the site, the completed hotel was assembled in just nine days, making it incredibly efficient when compared to other building methods.”

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Off-site modular construction allowed the team to mitigate the risk of weather delays by completing 80% of the hotel suites’ construction in Stack’s manufacturing facilities, instead of onsite. Despite the offsite components, local community engagement was a key priority for Stack and Bird. Site construction was supported by a local work force for the execution of the ground floor area, conference centre, and exterior building envelope. The hotel will continue to deliver local benefits to the community through permanent, long-term, and local employment.

As the North American construction sector continues to face skilled labour challenges and rising costs, Stack and Bird are providing the industry with alternative options by leveraging rapid delivery, and modular construction for hospitality, student and senior residences, long-term care facilities, mid to high-rise multi-family residential apartments, and workforce accommodations.