BigSteelBox Structures Achieves Alberta Building Code Certification: Expands manufacturing to meet demand for workforce housing

December 17, 2013 – Kelowna, BC.
Part-10-Cert_400.jpgBigSteelBox Structures, a leader in providing remote modular workforce housing from steel containers, today announced it has achieved certification to Part 10 of the Alberta Building Code, successfully passing a rigorous evaluation and independent audit. Alberta petroleum, mining and forestry companies looking for mobile offices, labs and workforce housing are assured of the robust construction capability of BigSteelBox Structures.

"The Alberta certification of BigSteelBox Structures is an important step as we have now achieved a nationally recognized standard for mobile structures," says Devon Siebenga, BigSteelBox Structures president. “Achieving this certification demonstrates our commitment to provide high quality construction that meets the needs of Alberta’s oil, mining and forestry industries and durable structures strong enough to weather northern field conditions. The certification clearly differentiates BigSteelBox Structures from the manufacturers who are not certified.”

BigSteelBox Structures is the first steel container manufacturer in B.C. to meet the Alberta Building Code requirement for relocatable industrial accommodation. To meet the growing demand for workforce housing, BigSteelBox Structures has added a manufacturing facility in the B.C. Interior, doubling its current capacity. The facility is certified to CSA A277 standards required to supply modular housing to Alberta and is ISO 9001 registered, maintaining a quality assurance program that encompasses all aspects of the building process from design to delivery.

“Our modified shipping containers are like a home away from home,” says Siebenga. “Workers in remote areas can often be facing rough conditions, and they can be assured that a BigSteelBox Structure is safe, comfortable and constructed to the highest of quality standards.”


BigSteelBox Structures has completed over 600 projects using modified shipping containers, with customers including Rio Tinto, Cenovus Energy, Kiewit Energy Canada Corp and Teck Resources Limited. Composed of corten corrugated steel, BigSteelBoxes are built to withstand the abuse of ocean travel and constant movement. The structures can be shipped by boat, truck or train and are virtually indestructible. Unlike traditional wood-frame construction, a BigSteelBox provides a sustainable solution and can be refurbished and repurposed, even after many years in the field.

Certification is required for all out-of-province manufacturers that wish to supply mobile structures as set out in Part 10 of the Alberta Building Code. All new factory-certified buildings must be labelled before they leave the factory, in a clearly visible manner. The label plays a key role in the municipal building inspection. It clearly signifies to the inspector that the building is built in accordance with the appropriate code and standards, and that only the work done on-site requires inspection.

The CSA A277 standard is required for compliance in B.C., Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Yukon.

The history of BigSteelBox Structures stems to 1999 and the establishment of BigSteelBox, Canada’s fastest growing moving and mobile storage company. BigSteelBox Structures is headquartered in Kelowna, B.C. in the Okanagan Valley.

About BigSteelBox Structures
BigSteelBox Structures is an innovative builder of industrial mobile structures that has the specialized expertise needed to deliver on large-scale projects anywhere in Canada and beyond.

BigSteelBox Structures builds on more than a decade of experience modifying ocean shipping containers to meet the office and accommodation needs of Canada’s mining, forestry and oil and gas industries. BigSteelBox Structures provides a smarter modular building solution that can withstand the elements. Compared to wood-frame construction and trailers, BigSteelBox Structures’ foundational steel structure is more solid and will last much longer than a standard modular.


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