The Hostelling International project in Jasper, Alberta, designed and built by Horizon North Modular Solutions, opened its doors to clients in the summer of 2019. Less than a year after opening, the project has received First Place honours in the Permanent Hotel category at the 2020 MBI Awards of Distinction.
“We are honoured that HI Jasper is the recipient of this year’s Modular Building Institute award in the hotel category. A first in the hostel industry, choosing modular construction allowed HI Canada Pacific Mountain Region to deliver a modern hostel in a timely and sustainable fashion in conjunction with Horizon North. Our members and guests could not be happier with the outcome,” said Alistair McLean, CEO of Hostelling International Canada’s Pacific Mountain Region, following the win.
A national park with unpredictable winter weather is a unique construction environment requiring unique solutions. Hostelling International saw the benefit of modular construction to address their needs: completing the project in a timely manner and ensuring the protection of the surrounding environment, all while maintaining a high-quality build.
Constructing the 66 required modules in Horizon North’s temperature-controlled, off-site manufacturing facility in Kamloops meant a faster and more certain timeline to opening 10 months after manufacturing began. The project’s sustainability needs were met with minimal waste created in the manufacturing facility and a site footprint much smaller than a conventional build. The construction team spent less time on site, fewer deliveries and other traffic were needed, and the noise and dust that are common to conventional construction were reduced, key considerations for a national park area.
Both Horizon North and Hostelling International Canada are honoured to be recognized by the Modular Building Institute with this prestigious Award of Distinction. If you are considering a hospitality or other development project, download our White Paper to start your plan for a modular build.