Louie Guglielmo, manufacturing manager for Tecno Fast ATCO, says, "The mine was further up the mountain than the camp and one of the problems was that it took three hours getting the workers to the mine each day from the existing camp site.
A phenomenal loss of time.So the
question was how to get the camp closer to the mine.We chose this parcel and then we said ‘Now how do you put a camp on this big mountain?That's how we started the platform design."
"We do turnkey projects," explains Guglielmo
, "which means we put in the sewer system, potable water, and electricity.We wanted to get the buildings there so people would be able to get indoors quickly enough.We started in February, which is summer here, and continued working through June, which is fall.We needed plenty of bodies up there, so we had a crew of about 400 workers.We reused the old units because you couldn't have guys living out in the open air.In the end, the best plan is to get it done fast."
The complexity of the operation was another challenge, according to Guglielmo
."We had steel, wood, glulam beams, panelized and on-site construction.It was a job to get it to all come together."
The factory-built units are suspended on top of a site-built bridge that spans some 100 feet and a modular unit sits on a height of 50 feet.Due to the rugged terrain and environment, the modular units had to take into consideration heavy wind loads, so special steel connections were designed and added in the manufacturing stage.