NSERC Industrial Research Chair in the Industrialization of Building Construction

Industry Partners

The leading-edge research carried out by the IRC research team would not be possible without the support and collaboration of our industry partners.

IRC Partners

ACQBUILT Inc.

ACQBUILT is North America’s leading state-of-the-art home building facility. Using advanced technologies and a manufacturing-based approach, ACQBUILT carries out homebuilding operations from design and prefabrication to delivery and onsite assembly. Using BIM-enabled 3D design and advanced manufacturing machinery, ACQBUILT manufactures wall panels (including insulation, windows, and factory-installed exterior finishing); floor panels; components such as stair assemblies and decks; and roofs.

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions' mandate is to further research and innovation in Alberta’s agriculture, forest and life sciences sectors. Among AI Bio’s priority areas, it looks to advance the bioeconomy, and seeks solutions for sustainable production of forest and agriculture products. AI Bio supports new technologies for growing the global bioeconomy, developing new sustainable practices and bio-based research and products for world markets.

ATCO Structures & Logistics

ATCO Structures & Logistics is a diverse, international company, and with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia they can support our clients around the world. They go beyond building and infrastructure solutions to offer a world-class suite of services to support their clients’ wider operations. ATCO’s products include mobile offices, workforce housing, lodging and camp services, specialty buildings, and site management services. ATCO’s operations are governed by the vision of being a world leading provider of infrastructure solutions delivering excellence in its products and services for the benefit of its customers, shareholders, employees, and the community.

All Weather Windows

All Weather Windows is Canada’s largest privately owned window and door manufacturer. Today, All Weather Windows has two state-of-the-art manufacturing plants with a combined capacity of almost 400,000 sq ft. After years of research and development, in 2009 All Weather Windows was proud to become one of the first manufacturers in North America to introduce a revolutionary technology called V-weld. The loyalty, hard work, and dedication of All Weather Windows’ staff, combined with the commitment of their customers, continues to make them Canada’s window and door provider of choice.

 

Cormode & Dickson

As a full service general contractor, Cormode & Dickson provides construction services throughout Western Canada. Their expertise is in new commercial and industrial construction, petroleum-related facilities, pre-engineered metal buildings, extensive renovation projects, and design/build proposals. As a leader in innovative construction and upgrading solutions, Cormode & Dickson also serves the light industrial and manufacturing sectors. The Industrial Division of Cormode & Dickson offers construction of new facilities; modifications and additions to new facilities; maintenance—both plant and field; installation, maintenance, or repair of vessels; plant shutdowns or turnarounds; and de-bottlenecking of plants.

Essence Cabinets Inc.

Essence Cabinets Inc. is a state-of-the-art cabinet manufacturer located in Edmonton, Alberta. Essence Cabinets' factory utilizes top-of-the-line European machinery paired with a lean manufacturing process to produce quality product at competitive price points. These manufacturing capabilities allow for Essence to offer a sustainable product line that features a broad variety of style options. Essence takes pride in its dedication to providing customers a positive experience, high quality product, and competitive prices. Accompanying this commitment to customer satisfaction is a combined focus on environmental responsibility, industry leadership, and community enhancement.

Kent Homes

With over five decades of experience in modular construction, Kent Homes has become the largest home builder in all of Atlantic Canada. Kent Homes prides itself in exceptional quality and high standards, and achieves this quality through the use of a modular construction approach. All residential and commercial construction is completed within a climate-controlled, predictable environment in which quality and precision can be guaranteed.

Landmark Group of Companies

Landmark has been serving the Alberta housing market for over 30 years. With operations in Edmonton, Red Deer, and Calgary carrying out high-volume construction of both single- and multi-family dwellings, Landmark has also become a leader in sustainable living. Landmark’s research efforts have culminated in the development of a NetZero concept, whereby Landmark hopes to achieve a net zero energy standard by 2015, employing offsite manufacturing processes and computerized optimization to create homes that are better-built, more comfortable, and more energy-efficient.

Modular Building Institute

Founded in 1983, the Modular Building Institute (MBI) is the international non-profit trade association serving modular construction. Members are manufacturers, contractors, and dealers in two distinct segments of the industry – permanent modular construction (PMC) and relocatable buildings (RB). Associate members are companies supplying building components, services, and financing.

NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Corporation

NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Corporation, headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, is the largest majority Canadian-owned crane and heavy haul company in Canada. With over 25 years of service excellence, NCSG provides mobile crane rental and heavy haul services throughout western North America. By striving to provide best-in-class equipment and personnel as well as a comprehensive safety program and operational best practices, NCSG aims to be a premier supplier, and the crane and heavy haul services provider of choice, in our markets.

SEMA GmbH

SEMA GmbH is a mid-sized, German-based software company, specializing in the development of timber construction software. SEMA maintains operations throughout Europe as well as in Canada and China. SEMA combines the tradition of craft-based expertise in timber construction with computer-driven innovation to deliver leading edge software solutions. Since developing the first SEMA programs for computer-aided trimming in the CPM operating system in 1984, SEMA has realized numerous achievements in software development for timber construction. Today, SEMA offers software solutions for planning, measuring, joining, timber construction, log construction, prefabrication, structural analysis, staircases, steel elements, and visualization.

Lafaete

Lafaete is a group of companies that operates in construction equipment rental and retail, waste management, and manufacturing of steel structures for offsite housing and temporary and modular buildings. For over three decades, the Lafaete Group has remained rooted in the tradition of being a family business and has established a well-regarded reputation for its commitment to client satisfaction and innovative solutions in residential construction, infrastructure, oil and gas, mining, and institutional construction. Today, the company is the second largest modular building supplier in Brazil, with two manufacturing plants—one in Mirassol (State of São Paulo) with 27,200 m² and the other in Contagem (State of Minas Gerais), with 22,000 m²—with a combined steel structure production capacity of 9,000 m2 per year. Its operations take place through nine branches across Brazil and a team over 800 people, who work continuously to developing businesses both locally and across 5 continents.

The IRC brings together a diverse consortium of industry partners ranging from construction owners, to general contractors, suppliers, developers, equipment service companies, trade associations, and public sector organizations.

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