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Transforming Shipping Containers into Dormitories

Based at the college’s Ridge Road campus in St. John’s, NL, this project will use a shipping container to construct a dormitory complete with bedroom, bath, kitchenette and living area. This dormitory could function as a stand-alone unit or be connected to similar units to form a student dormitory, hotel, emergency shelter or construction camp.

Under the oversight of the lead researcher Craig Greene, and collaborating instructors, the design will be done by students in the Architecture Engineering Technology program. Once plans have been approved, the construction will begin. The construction of the shelter will be carried out as a series of student projects, by the various trades needed to do the work.

The completed prototype will serve as a basis for a full-scale dormitory constructed of stacked shipping containers which could be used throughout the world for student housing, construction camps, back-country tourism, hotels, disaster relief, and mining exploration and countless other applications.

Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) has invested $99,950 for this project under its Ignite R&D program. The RDC funding leverages $7,000 from College of the North Atlantic.

“It is through the support of our funding partners that we are able to take great strides in developing new systems and technologies,” said Ann Marie Vaughan, President and CEO of College of the North Atlantic. “The benefits associated with the college’s Dormatecture project could have long lasting effects on the housing and accommodations sector around the world.”