Hatch, a Canadian technical consulting firm, and First Pac West, a Canadian Aboriginal company that provides housing and accommodation to the resource sector and others, have signed a joint venture agreement that outlines a strategic relationship between Hatch and First Pac West to provide a better solution to remote living conditions for project workforces in the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors around the world.

The five-year agreement will allow Hatch and First Pac West to pursue mutually beneficial opportunities and expand both companies’ capabilities and service lines. The signing of the partnership was developed through discussions between First Pac West and Hatch’s site deployment group.

Peter Molander, chief executive officer of First Pac West, commented, “With Hatch’s proven abilities in engineering, procurement, and construction management, and First Pac West’s innovative site accommodation solution, the Solace System, we have great expectations for the differentiated products and services we can now offer together.”

The innovative Solace System features an outer, climate-controlled biosphere, which is contained within a tension fabric membrane, accompanied by interior cross-laminated timber modules used for living quarters, offices, and more. Structures can be scaled up or down depending on the needs of the project. Modules, as well as the fabric membrane, can be repurposed after completion of the project. The new system is also approximately 25% more energy efficient than traditional site accommodation facilities.

First Pac West has an exclusivity agreement with Sprung Structures, the provider of the Solace System’s tension fabric membrane.