Calgary Home Builder Answers the Call for a Radical Solution to Canada's First Nation Housing and Infrastructure Crisis
Introducing The Equan social service office building headed to southern AB and The Waskahegan series of modern prefab homes
CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- While the issue of First Nation housing has been a hot topic among concerned Canadians over the past few weeks, for Calgary-based builder Karoleena Homes, it's been an enormous focus of day-to-day operations for well over a year.
Trailblazers in the North American modern prefab home building industry, Karoleena prides itself on its proven modular construction method, building its homes, cabins and offices entirely indoors in the company's S.E. Calgary manufacturing facility, and shipping them to site fully-finished and ready for occupancy. Not only are Karoleena's products incredibly hardy, energy-efficient and eco-friendly thanks to the way they're built and the materials used, but they are exactly the type of structure that's been lacking in First Nation communities for decades.
"We've been extremely proud to work directly with First Nation representative Terry Metatawabin over the last year," said Kurt Goodjohn, Karoleena co-founder and CEO. "Terry came to us as someone who deeply understood not only the serious housing issues plaguing these communities, but the history, culture and broader issues surrounding the current crisis we're seeing as a whole. We couldn't be more excited about the First Nation building projects we currently have on the go."
Following months of research, discussion and design alongside a particularly forward-thinking First Nation community in southern AB who approached Karoleena in dire need of a new social services building in June 2011, the company began construction on one of the most innovative office buildings ever undertaken in Canada.
Using 14 converted shipping containers as the indestructible steel frame, the southern AB-based band's new 5,800 sq. ft. Child and Family Services building is well underway in Karoleena's state-of-the-art construction facility. Thanks to the company's proprietary prefab construction process, coupled with a groundbreaking in-house architecture and design team and top Calgary engineering firm, the 2-story building flies in the face of past First Nations housing and construction projects. Additionally, Karoleena has recently completed a long-awaited line of First Nations-specific home designs called The Waskahegan Series, created to meet the unique cultural, functional and practical needs of Canada's native people.
"This is an extremely exciting opportunity for First Nations across Canada to consider a new type of engineering and construction method for sustainable housing," said Terry, a member of Fort Albany First Nation in northern ON, just a stone's throw away from the much-focused-on Attawapiskat Nation in James Bay. "The quality, craftsmanship and life expectancies of Karoleena's products means they are warranted for any climate – something Canadian First Nation communities haven't seen until now, and the reason behind my commitment to working with the company."
Completion and installation of The Equan office building by Karoleena is slated for Feb. 2012. For more information, or to schedule a site tour, viewing of The Equan or interview with Karoleena co-founders Kurt and Kris Goodjohn or Karoleena's First Nation liaison Terry Metatawabin, please visit www.karoleena.com, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/karoleenahomes or www.twitter.com/karoleenahomes or contact:
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