Now hiring: General construction laborer
May 26, 2021
Big Block is currently recruiting for a general construction labourer for our project in Regina. This flexible role will likely start out as part-time, but there is potential for it to expand to a full-time role. This job is expected to last for up to 1-3 months.
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Collaborative design process at Round Prairie Elders’ Lodge started with the Elders
May 25, 2021
The creation of the Round Prairie Elders’ Lodge was a collaborative process through and through, says Jason Surkan with David T. Fortin Architect Inc. (DTFA), and it started with the Elders who might live there.“We had community engagement sessions with elders to ensure their visions and hopes and dreams were captured in this project,” Surkan said. “Hopefully what we brought forward in terms of the architecture of the building is their vision brought into reality.”
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Designing with culture in mind: Building a home for Métis Elders
May 11, 2021
Architect David Fortin wanted to ensure there was outdoor space when designing the Round Prairie Elders' Lodge, a multi-unit residential building for Métis Elders from the Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. (CUMFI). Fortin said the Lodge will honour the culture and the Elders living there.
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Lumber theft less of an issue with modular builds
May 10, 2021
Big Block's Nick Sackville talked to CTV Saskatoon about why our sites haven't seen lumber theft: modular construction minimizes the number of deliveries made to the worksite, which mitigates the issue.
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Saskatoon media shares the story of Round Prairie Elders' Lodge
April 28, 2021
On Friday, April 23, Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. (CUMFI) celebrated the sod turning for the Round Prairie Elders' Lodge, a 26-unit, three-story residential building for Métis Elders.Many media organizations in Saskatoon picked up the story; read the articles here.
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Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. Announces New Elders’ Lodge in Saskatoon’s Pleasant Hill Neighborhood
April 26, 2021
On April 23, 2021, Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. held a sod turning ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on the Round Prairie Elders' Lodge in the Pleasant Hill neighbourhood of Saskatoon. Here is the release sent out to media informing them of that exciting event!
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Answering the call from Elders in need: CUMFI building supports Métis people
April 23, 2021
Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. (CUMFI) identified years ago that there was a need in Saskatoon for culturally appropriate housing, says President Shirley Isbister. There were gaps in the availability of affordable, safe homes and in the cultural component of housing, where it’s administered by an Indigenous organization for Indigenous people, she said. The newest development of Round Prairie Elders’ Lodge, a multi-unit residential building for Elders, was also born out of listening to the community.
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Bulldozing archaic construction methods: The modular process and its benefits
April 13, 2021
It’s all about people. Modular construction has a variety of benefits throughout the building process, but Nick Sackville with Big Block Construction says its most important benefit is that it has a positive community impact.
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'The Right Balance': Project spotlight in Western Exteriors Magazine
March 20, 2021
Western Exteriors Magazine highlighted the National Affordable Housing Corporation Willowview Heights building as it's Featured Project in its Spring 2021 issue. "Big Block Construction’s new project, Willowview Heights, is setting new standards in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan by seeking to solve issues around improved sustainability," the article says.
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Energy monitoring gives renters, builders the power to lower their environmental footprint
March 16, 2021
At the Net Zero Ready units at Willowview Heights in Saskatoon, renters will be able to visit a website that will let them see energy trends in their home. The data will be available in real time, and as historical data that can be referenced daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly, giving direct feedback on the occupant's energy usage.
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