Modular Building Category: Permanent
Category: Office, Institution of Assembly
Location: Hamlet of Tulita, NWT, Canada
Number of Modules: 13
Total square feet: 6,336
Number of levels: 1
Average size of modules: 12x40
Date of production: July 11, 2014
Date occupied: October 28, 2014
Use of building: Town office and cultural centre, including a radio room – it’s a multipurpose building for the remote community
Tulita is a remote hamlet in the Northwest Territories, Canada. Alta-Fab worked with Tulita to custom-design, build, and install a new town office and cultural centre to bring the citizens a comfortable space with a permanent feeling where they could all gather, work, and connect.
Due to the extreme northern and remote location, the project presented a number of logistical challenges. Alta-Fab found several solutions.
To contend with extreme environmental conditions in the far north—where temperatures can reach as low as 54.4 degrees below Centigrade not factoring in wind chill—special attention was given to the building envelope, which was guided by local engineering experts.
Due to the extremely remote location, there was limited availability of specialized trades travelling to the build site, so the majority of the mechanical and electrical work needed to be completed in the plant. Despite these challenges, this project was completed quickly and efficiently, and the use of plant-built modules reduced the number of people needed on-site. This reduced costs for the town and ensured the project made efficient use of their budget. In order to reduce ongoing costs for the facility, the efficient glycol-based boiler system was used a more cost-effective alternative to diesel or electric heating systems
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