There are many memorable spots in British Columbia’s Wine Country, including bigger centres like Kelowna and Penticton. Only one gets to carry the prestigious title of ‘Canada’s Wine Capital’, though. Claiming that crown is Oliver, the town of 4,600 that sits near the southern tip of the Okanagan Valley in Canada’s only desert area.
With tourists flocking to the area for wine, golf, lake activities, and sight-seeing, Mundi Hotel Enterprises Inc., led by President Ron Mundi, saw the potential for the first branded, full-service hotel in Oliver. They purchased land along the river from the Town of Oliver to make their vision a reality, selected the Vancouver-based Coast Hotels brand for the property, and chose Horizon North to design, manufacture and install the hotel on a quick-to-market timeline using our modular construction technique.
Design of the required modules for the 83-room hotel was initiated in October 2017 and the manufacturing process began in January 2018. On July 15, 2018, the hotel opened to its first public reservations. The nine-month timeline from the beginning of design to the hotel opening illustrates a significant reason for the increased interest in modular construction in North America. A staple of construction in Europe for decades, modular construction is just now coming into its own in Canada, led in the western part of the country by Horizon North.
For hospitality developers, modular construction is an ideal fit, primarily for the opportunity it presents to begin generating a quicker return on the investment required. Coupled with improvements in quality and sustainability, developers increasingly see the advantages that make modular construction superior to conventional builds.
The opening of the Coast Oliver Hotel marks the second completed hotel for Horizon North, with a hostel in Jasper National Park now in production. Horizon North’s modular builds are also leading the way in a variety of residential development markets, including permanent multi-family and single-family solutions, and student, senior, First Nations and affordable housing.
We are excited to now be part of the fabric of Oliver and the South Okanagan, along with Mundi Hotel Enterprises Inc. and Coast Hotels. It is an area worth discovering, and we’re proud that when individuals and families visit, there is a great chance they will be staying in a Horizon North-constructed hotel.
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- Open for reservations July 15, 2018
- Design started September 2017
- Modules constructed in Horizon North’s indoor manufacturing facility in Kamloops, British Columbia
- Modules transported to Oliver, BC in March 2018 for final installation and finishing
- 83 rooms – sizes range from 325-375 sq ft (accessible rooms slightly larger)
- Modular vaulted grand entrance
- Breakfast facility with breakfast-service kitchen
- Modular elevator
- Indoor pool and hot tub scheduled to open September 2018
Documents and Video
- Video: Hotel Installation
- Video: Mike Holmes Tours Horizon North
- Document: Design Development Approach
- Document: Modular Construction White Paper