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Whistler, BC

Olympic Legacy Housing

18 Building Modules
Challenge
Challenge

Repurposing Olympic Facilities Into Social Housing.

At Britco, we’re all about building smarter, faster and greener. Our modular construction is guided by several key principles, including innovation, co-operative thinking and future planning. This lets us build structures for immediate use that can be deconstructed for a completely different use somewhere else. Now that’s smart.

One of the best examples of how Britco can deliver on this is our Olympic Legacy Housing. We partnered with BC Housing and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to design and build 320 temporary accommodations that were used by nearly 600 officials in Whistler Athletes’ Village.  This multi-tiered project required the co-operation and coordination of three levels of government as well an international organizing committee. Meeting development/building codes added even more complexity to the project but you know we love a good challenge.

Solution
Solution

Unique Modular Construction Allowed for Quick Relocation in Six Communities

After the Games, we disassembled the units, redesigned them and then transported different segments of the housing to separate communities across BC. In each community, we reconfigured each segment to form permanent social housing in the form of apartment buildings to help address homelessness and fill housing needs for low-income seniors.

Every unit included a kitchen and bathroom and amenity space for on-site support services was also built in. 74 modules were converted to 156 new social housing units in Chilliwack, Enderby, Saanich, Sechelt, Surrey and Chetwynd.

Want to see how it’s done? Check out Britco’s Legacy Transformation video.

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