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Silverking Student Housing, Selkirk College

Architectural Excellence

ROC Modular was proud to deliver a much-needed new permanent modular Student Housing Residence for Selkirk College, located at the Silverking Campus in Nelson BC. The project is a 3-storey, 12-module 38-student bed building with a mass-timber main common area for student amenities. Modular construction was chosen as the ideal solution to provide high-quality, fast-track affordable housing for students. The project is located in Beautiful Nelson BC, a community in the Kootenay region of Interior British Columbia, Canada. The project houses students attending Selkirk College, each dorm unit has a shared washroom, and the building also has a number of communal areas including kitchen, study areas, meeting rooms and laundry rooms. The project integrated mass-timber into the main common areas for the project, which provided open spans and beautiful architectural details, this hybrid method blended seamlessly together to create a stunning project.

Project at a Glance:

Total Square Footage: 10,553
Number of Modules: 12

The innovative design was spearheaded by 360-VCM, and the General Contractor for the project is Scott Builders Inc.

Technical Innovation & Sustainability

360 VCM spearheaded this innovative partnership with Scott Builders Inc. as the GC and ROC Modular as the modular supplier. The project achieved step-code 4 of the BC Energy code, receiving exceptional ratings for energy efficiency and environmental design. Utilizing a modular construction process allowed for a faster schedule while minimizing waste and maximizing efficiency during construction. The project was designed to achieve a high level of energy performance by applying passive design principles, and the goal for the project was to increase the overall performance of the building through sustainable construction materials and improved energy efficiency. The hybrid integration of modular and mass timber for the project provided technical innovation and a beautiful architectural design for the finished building.

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Cost Effectiveness

Modular construction provided a fast-track schedule which reduced overall project cost and enabled Selkirk College to meet the needs of both students and the community. High-quality modular student housing is a critical element for learner success and the completed project will result in better outcomes across the institution. Due to the Interior BC location of this project and a lack of trade availability in the area, modular construction provided the best option and lots of design consideration was given to completing as much in the factory as possible. Building in the ROC Factory reduced the need for trade workers and allowed the project to be completed faster and more cost-effectively. All interior finishes were completed in the factory before delivery, and all furnishings were installed, with a high degree of finish.

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