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Kent Homes Receives Modular Building Institute's Award of Distinction

The Modular Building Institute (MBI) Awards of Distinction are offered to active MBI members who demonstrate through their projects the exceptional use of modular building techniques to grow and distinguish the industry.

Kent Homes was honoured to receive the MBI Award of Distinction First Place award for Relocatable Special Applications for their Outfit Support Tower (OST) Project. This project was a unique modular project that was installed at the Halifax Shipyard. "The Outfit Support Tower Project was not the first project we have built for the shipyard, but it was one that combined all the knowledge we had gained throughout our first projects with the team at Irving Shipbuilding Inc.  This project offered a unique combination of modular wood structures installed by crane within a steel support tower," said Steve Wheeler, General Manager of Kent Homes. The modules were installed 21 feet above ground, over a large electrical distribution supply hub and rose five stories up from there. The right and left sides of the tower support large steel decks and stairs to access the various levels of the support tower. 

The OST, as it’s been referred to, is in place to support the employees working at the ship itself. As the projects grow and the final stages of finish are occurring on the ships themselves employees are working more and more at the dock, bringing them farther away from the employee provisions. The OST tower brought tool rooms, locker rooms, lunchrooms, washrooms and various facilities all closer to the workers themselves allowing them to be more efficient, and ultimately more content in their work environment. 

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 Chris Pederson, President of Modular Building Institutue, presents Ray Girouard, Director of Commercial Sales with the First Place Module Building Institute's Award of Distinction


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 The Outfit Support Tower's 10 modules were completed in 77 days and are ready to support the team building Canada's ships.

Another unique feature of this project was the requirement to withstand the rough weather conditions - including high wind and water conditions. The finishes on this project were all high quality industrial level finishes, siding, and ductwork to match existing structures on site. The 10 module complex build of 4800 square feet of mixed commercial application space was completed in some 77 days to support the ongoing work of the Halifax Shipyard workers underway with Canada’s Ships.