BigSteelBox Announces Northern Expansion to Better Serve LNG Industries
BigSteelBox Structures redefine modular construction, offering comfort and luxury
BigSteelBox Structures, a leading provider of steel modular buildings and accommodations, announced has announced expansion plans for Northern B.C. to better serve the expanding liquid natural gas (LNG) industry.
President Devon Siebenga made the announcement at the 2014 International LNG in BC Conference in Vancouver where the Kelowna-based company is showcasing their skills in modular living construction and design with a display of the world’s most luxury living quarters – in a 40’ BigSteelBox.
The LNG industry in BC is estimated to create more than 39,000 annual jobs over a nine-year construction period and approximately 75,000 jobs once the plants are fully operational – more than 100,000 jobs in total. With the Buy BC Program, companies like BigSteelBox are expanding operations.
“LNG is a generational opportunity that will bring jobs and investment to all corners of British Columbia,” said Premier Christy Clark, who officially opened the conference. “The expansion of BigSteelBox into Northern B.C. is just one example of how businesses in British Columbia – including the Okanagan – will benefit from the economic activity created by a new LNG industry.”
The company, who currently serves the north from its stores in Terrace and Smithers, announced plans to expand service locations to Kitimat and Prince Rupert.
With two BigSteelBox Structures’ manufacturing facilities in B.C., the company is posed for growth to meet the needs of the expanding LNG industry. From portable structures and enclosures to custom steel buildings ranging from offices, E-houses and workforce housing, BigSteelBox Structures provide a truly modular solution for remote areas.
“BigSteelBox is redefining modular construction,” says Siebenga. “Traditional wood construction struggles to match the truly modular benefits of steel and container technology. The options go far beyond the comforts of home in our modules; we offer a wide variety of buildings and custom structures including offices, E-houses, lunchrooms and washroom facilities.”
While Siebenga sees his luxury living quarters as a vision of what is possible, he is excited about the current opportunities for his manufacturing team and other BC business that comes with the expansion of the liquid natural gas industry.
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 Structure provides a sustainable solution and can be refurbished and re-purposed, even after many years in the field.
The history of BigSteelBox Structures began in 1999 with 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.