Assembly starts on BC Housing facility in Sechelt

Crews have started assembling the modular units for BC Housing’s new supportive housing project in Sechelt.

A heavy crane and team from Metric Modular have been lifting the modules into place since last Friday, and the company said it hoped to have the work completed on Feb. 19.

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BC Housing is aiming to have the new $7-million facility on Hightide Avenue ready for move-in by the end of March.

The 23,000-sq.-foot (2,137-sq.-metre) building is made up of 30 modules, each 12 by 64 ft. (four by 19 metres) in size, which were built at Metric’s plant in Agassiz and shipped to Sechelt.

“We are excited to be working with BC Housing and the District of Sechelt to build a housing facility for people who need it most,” Stephen Branch, president of Metric Modular, said in a release announcing the assembly work was set to begin. “Communities, industry partners and housing societies are starting to pay attention to modular construction and they are realizing it is a viable alternative to address the lack of affordable housing in the province.”

As well as providing 40 homes for individuals who are experiencing, or are at most risk of experiencing, homelessness, the BC Housing facility will also offer supports such as meal services and staff on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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