Bella Bella Staff Housing

Type of Building
Health, Residential
Bella Bella
500 sq. m. (6 units)
Mobius Architecture
Structural Engineer
CanStruct Engineering Group
Construction Manager
Metric Modular
Project Owner
Vancouver Coastal Health
Wood Supplier
Metric Modular
Solid-Sawn Heavy Timber, Lumber, Oriented strand board (OSB), Plywood

For this project, we needed to reduce construction and energy costs, while maintaining a high level of quality. The Passive House standard and off-site prefab wood construction was the only choice for us and it paid off. We finished the project on time and on budget.

Brett Crawley, Facilities Management Project Leader Vancouver Coastal Health

Project Overview

The speed afforded by modular wood-framed construction allowed Vancouver Coastal Health to construct new much-needed staff housing in the remote community of Bella Bella efficiently and cost-effectively. The decision to use wood-framed modular construction ensured that the new units would be in place quickly. 

Wood Use

Bella Bella's 12 modular units, 4.25 metres wide x 9.75 metres long x 4.75 metres tall each, used wood throughout. Walls and floors were constructed with standard spruce-pine-fir (SPF) dimension lumber, while structural plywood and oriented strand board were used for the roof and wall sheathing as well as for the subfloor.