Modular hotel in Fox Creek on time lapse video

FOX CREEK, Alta. — Developer Billy Coles of BCP Construction has captured the construction of his 45-room modular EconoLodge on time lapse video.

The hotel is made out of concrete and steel modules. The GM is Rizza Raquinio, and the Econo Lodge will complement the Fox Creek Comfort Inn and Suites which has 83 rooms.

“It's all modular, complete with TVs, air conditioning, fridges, beds and draperies made in Three Hills, Alta., 500 km away,” Coles told CLN. “There are showers with rain heads, a La-Z-Boy chair — and the cool thing is we made all the furniture and case goods as well.”

BCR is the company in Three Hills that manufactured each module, and BCP is the construction company. Coles owns and operates both companies.

The next modular hotel they will build is a six-storey Comfort Inn with 105 rooms in North Battleford, Sask., which broke ground last fall. 

“After 25 years in the industry, wood structures didn't make a lot of sense from a general perspective — the materials come from so far away and it takes so long to build. In a covered plant, you can control how things are built.”

The plant in Three Hills is 20,000 square feet, and an office building for BCR and BCP's 25 staff is attached. “We're hiring more people for BCR and the plant,” Coles added.

The target market is hotels with smaller rooms and work camps. The modules are 20 x 120 feet for a total of 240 square feet, with one queen bed, a microwave, a desk, a fridge, a La-Z-boy chair, a bath/shower, chair and closet.

“We have the oil industry working in the area and the camps are not very nice. It's an amazing room compared to camp style. The rooms are very quiet and non-combustible.”

“It's a very green process and it's a quick build — six months for the building process and three months onsite. We can pretty much build anything with a concrete floor, structural steel and steel studs. We can even build half circles once we make the mould. There's not a lot to slow us down in terms of size or style.”