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DIRTT
  • Location
    Abbotsford, British Columbia
  • Year
    2019
  • Duration
    4
    months
  • Installation Duration
    3
    weeks
  • Sq Ft
    18240
  • DIRTT Partner
    Innovior Construction

Active learning meets proactive construction

Some people thought the University of the Fraser Valley couldn’t do it. Students couldn’t see how the old campus pub could be a meaningful learning space. Stakeholders weren’t sure the renovation would be completed on time. But this school wasn’t going to let that stand in the way of putting their students first.

Let’s rewind. In 2018, UFV needed a swing space to handle displaced students and faculty from another construction project. They bought a nearby restaurant and got ready to convert it into classrooms and admin offices. But they only had a year to do it. Design a building, gut the campus pub and get an active-learning student space ready for fall 2019. Conventional construction couldn’t meet that deadline, but with DIRTT they could do it all.

Using prefabricated construction meant that as the mechanical, electrical and plumbing were being roughed in, the classrooms were being built offsite. Having both these things happen at the same time cut weeks from the schedule. Once the base building was ready, the walls went up in no time. And these aren’t only partitions to separate rooms. The walls had vibrant colors, integrated tech and 10-foot windows to let the light in. Writable surfaces in every classroom support teachers and students in their active-learning plan.  

But Building K isn’t just a space for today. It’s a space that can adapt for tomorrow. The next time the University of the Fraser Valley needs to renovate, they’re ready. UFV can reconfigure DIRTT and customize their learning spaces.

Would you use DIRTT again? Absolutely. Yes. There’s not a doubt in my mind.

Mark Goudsblom, University of the Fraser Valley, director, campus planning and facilities management
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    Photo Credit: Ed White Photographics
    Student-focused spaces
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    Deeper learning opportunities
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  • Integrated technology
  • Windows keep it light
  • The way to class
  • Writable surfaces
  • Brighter spaces
  • Create room for everyone
  • Detailed window glazing
  • Room to reconfigure
  • Triangular cutout
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Better sound privacy

DIRTT takes a holistic approach to sound management. This means we can meet the acoustic requirements and speech privacy needs of any space.

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Latest tech in the walls

Cleanly integrate any type of technology and keep it secure. Maximize function and looks while you save space.

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Do more with your walls

WriteAway™ film combines a dry-erase marker board with your walls for an integrated and more elegant solution. Add graphics or inspire collaboration without unsightly ghosting.

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Efficient electrical

DIRTT’s plug-and-play power makes for rapid on-site installation. All while it reduces waste and improves adaptability for any future changes.

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