With nearly 200 individuals homeless in Charlottetown, and with a typical east-coast winter looming, the PEI Provincial Department of Housing wanted to react, and quickly. While working behind the scenes with the City of Charlottetown, the Department engaged 720 Modular as a turnkey contractor to assist them with the entire solution set, from building permit application to the sourcing of modular buildings, and complete installation of the required infrastructure to support two shelter facilities.
With a tight timeframe, 720 undertook an integrated project delivery methodology by engaging a local consultant team and site General Contractor that had experience in modular construction. 720 led the preconstruction and design process, and ensured that all city officials and the fire department were engaged during preconstruction to help fast track the project and offer the city’s homeless an alterative to camp city. 720 sourced two repurposed ‘drill camps’ in Northern Alberta and began the process of getting the necessary transport permits to ship the buildings across Canada. 720 was able to get an early works permit to begin civil works on site to put in the required water, sanitary and propane lines in the ground prior to setting the modules. Once the infrastructure was in place, the modules were set on the pad and hooked up to services. Further renovations were made to the buildings to accommodate barrier free requirements in each building. Additional security requirements were added to 720’s contract as the project went along to address ever-changing resident safety concerns. The project was a success with each building being turned over two weeks before Christmas, on time and on budget.