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Jasper Hostel Showcases Speed and Sustainability of Modular Construction

Unique construction environments require unique solutions. When Hostelling International (HI) Canada identified a need to grow their facility in Jasper, the unique environment in a national park with unpredictable winter weather pointed to modular construction as the best method to complete the project.

Choosing modular construction meant the ability to address the project’s two most important needs – timeline certainty and the sustainability of the surrounding environment – while ensuring a high-quality build. The result is a project that is a showpiece for time to market, complexity and sustainability.

Constructing the 66 required modules in Horizon North’s temperature-controlled, off-site manufacturing facility in Kamloops meant a faster and more certain timeline to opening. HI Canada opened the doors to its new facility 10 months after manufacturing began, a time savings of up to 50 per cent from a comparable site-built project.

The project’s sustainability needs were met with minimal waste created in the manufacturing facility and a site footprint much smaller than a conventional build. The construction team spent less time on site, fewer deliveries and other traffic were needed, and the noise and dust that are common to conventional construction were reduced.

The Project

  • 66 total modules over 4 buildings – hostel, two staff accommodations and maintenance facility

  • 25,000 square foot, three-storey lodge accommodating 157 guests

  • 25 four-bed shared rooms, 17 private rooms, five family rooms

  • Various amenities including guest laundry, on-site cafe, kitchen, patio with BBQ and fire pit


  • Project completed with minimal impact on environment, visitors and residents

  • 10 months from manufacturing start (August 2018) to opening for first guests (June 2019)

  • Functional and trendy design

The project was awarded First Place honours in the Permanent Hotel category at the 2020 Modular Building Institute’s Awards of Distinction. “We are honoured that HI Jasper is the recipient of this year’s Modular Building Institute award in the hotel category. A first in the hostel industry, choosing modular construction allowed HI Canada Pacific Mountain Region to deliver a modern hostel in a timely and sustainable fashion in conjunction with Horizon North. Our members and guests could not be happier with the outcome,” said Alistair McLean, CEO of Hostelling International Canada’s Pacific Mountain Region, following the win.

Learn more about the HI Jasper project and the benefits that modular construction provided in this feature video.


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