University of Windsor to establish modular construction innovation centre with $1 million Zekelman funding

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The Flatz 520 multi-family residential apartment complex in Maricopa, Arizona was constructed using Z Modular’s innovative modular building and construction processes. (Photo courtesy of Z Modular)

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Researchers at the University of Windsor are set to receive $1 million in funding from Zekelman Industries for research focused on improving the design and construction methods for modular homes.

The funding will be used to establish the Zekelman Centre of Modular Innovation and Sustainable Construction at the university’s Faculty of Engineering.

The new centre will focus on research in innovative materials, designs, and support systems for modular housing construction, with the goal of improving Canada’s response to the multi-family housing crisis.

“This is an important investment in research for the industry and for Zekelman Industries,” says Barry Zekelman, executive chairman and CEO of Zekelman Industries. “Traditional construction methods are just about tapped out for further optimization of improved housing, construction speed, and cost control.

“Our partnership with the University of Windsor will support continued research for broader opportunities for a better way to build.”

The establishment of the new research centre is being hailed as a “pivotal milestone” for the University of Windsor, which will strengthen its ties with local industry partners and promote research and innovation in the Faculty of Engineering.

“For the past eight years, our partnership with Z Modular has driven remarkable progress in cutting-edge modular construction technology,” says Sreekanta Das, associate dean of research and graduate studies in the Faculty of Engineering.

“With the establishment of our new research center, supported generously by Z Modular, we stand on the brink of delivering innovative solutions to the housing challenges facing our region and other areas across Canada.”

The company says it is committed to promoting innovation and creating opportunities for sustainable growth in the modular housing industry.

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