Fort Scores Touch Down with BC Lions
Fort Modular is among the BC Lions' top picks. Selected as the modular supplier of choice, Fort Modular provided the BC Lions with a bright, clean, spacious, newly renovated 24 x 60 modular building for their practice facility in Surrey.
With famed new head coach, Jeff Tedford, formerly of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, joining the BC Lions in the 2015 season, it became evident that the Lions' practice facility needed a spacious, comfortable, accessible and functional meeting room to discuss plays, analyze tactics and explore strategies with the whole team at once.
BC Lions spokesperson, Wally Buono, General Manager and Vice President of Football Operations, says “As we were gearing up for training camp, we needed a modular company that could provide a top quality building with a tight turnaround.” The Lions had explored other suppliers, but Fort Modular with Point Blank Installations (PBI) proved to be “the right people to get the job done as quickly and cost efficiently as possible.”
“Everyone is very impressed with the Fort Modular building. They met and exceeded our expectations. They were very efficient and very reliable. Very professional. Everyone is very pleased."
— Wally Buono, General Manager and Vice President of Football Operations, BC Lions
The BC Lions contacted Fort Modular mid-winter 2015. They did their due diligence and investigated Fort Modular’s past work and reputation for customer satisfaction. “We were very impressed by the Fort Modular/PBI team,” says Buono. “They were very professional. They understood our needs. They didn’t try to “sell” us. They simply focused on making sure we got what we needed — and then more.” The modular building was ordered mid-spring, and in 100 days, the permits, design, construction and installation on permanent engineered wooden block foundation was completed.
According to Fort Modular principal, Mark DePedrina, the modular building had a long history of previous uses but not much was kept from the former building. The structure was stripped down to the bare bones, with only the framing and the electrical remaining. Fort Modular completely renovated the modular building with new interior gyproc, new exterior metal cladding finished with the BC Lions' colours, new EPDM roofing, three new steel doors, and three new double-paned vinyl windows with aluminum security shutters. “For all intents and purposes, this building is a new modular building, but at a fraction of the cost of new construction,” says DePedrina.
Special features in this new building include a floor to ceiling magnetic white board that spans the full 60-foot length of the building. The modular building is also furnished with audio visual equipment, seminar-style tables with more than a hundred chairs, and a couple of accordion-panel room dividers to convert the space into three separate meeting rooms when required.
“For all intents and purposes, this building is a new modular building, but at a fraction of the cost of new construction."
— Mark DePedrina, Fort Modular
Buono adds, “Everyone is very impressed with the Fort Modular building. They met and exceeded our expectations.” In fact, Fort Modular went beyond the normal scope of operations, and provided some additional renovations to the main BC Lions building. “Fort Modular were very efficient and very reliable,” continues Buono. “Everyone is very pleased. I’d gladly recommend Fort Modular.”
- 24 ft x 60 ft modular building
- Three Steel Exterior Doors
- Three Wooden Exterior Stairways
- New EPDM Roofing
- Three Double-paned Vinyl Windows
- New Exterior Metal Cladding in BC Lions colours
- Aluminum Security Window Shutters
- New Interior Gyproc
- Permanent, Engineered Wooden Block Foundation
- 60 Foot floor-to-ceiling magnetic White Board
- Installation Partner: Point Blank Installations (PBI)