Iqaluit’s newest hotel gets pieced together

A crane lowers part of Iqaluit’s newest hotel into position on the evening of Monday, Aug. 5. The building, owned by Qikiqtaaluk Corp., will sport 94 rooms and 12 suites, which were pre-constructed and assembled in Shanghai, with everything from televisions and microwaves already set up and strapped down inside. (Photo by Catherine Whittaker)

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  1. Posted by Food for thought on

    If this process of pre-designed/pre-built works for a hotel why wouldn’t it work for houses. In Qikiqtarjuaq it took close to a year to build 5 units. It would be nice to see the GN and Housing Corps looking more seriously into different ideas, such as pre-fabs or Seacan houses. This territory is in desperate need of more housing, so you’d think other avenues would be explored.

    • Posted by Randy Jones on

      I am Mayor of a small Municipality On Quebec`s North Shore. The local Contractor here proposed to our Non profit Seniors home corporation to install a 9 person residence for seniors and a 3.5 apartment for the employee`s. Kitchen dining room and a lovely living room . It came in on a barge and in the matter of a couple of weeks it was ready to use. There has been a delay but its not due to the contractor or the company that built it . Its a lovely building and state of the art.

      • Posted by Kathy on

        We should be looking into this for Nunavut, houses would cost less and we could build more.

      • Posted by Link on

        Do you have a link for the company you used?

  2. Posted by Pudlat Timmon on

    This is the way to go. Shortage of skilled labour or no labor at all. Take your pick. At least we can’t say they did a southern hire thing. It is what it is.

  3. Posted by Mandarin Orange on

    China will rule the world soon enough.

  4. Posted by “Has Been Hunter” on

    Hotel Shanghai.

    Even short term local employment from “our” Inuit organization is too costly, yet they spend millions on a cookie cutter hotel from overseas.

    • Posted by Easy Peasy on

      And saved millions of “your” dollars in the process, I bet.

      • Posted by “Has Been Hunter” on

        Those millions though spent “unnecessarily” would at least have gotten into the pockets of some Nunavummiut keeping them away from the dole for a few months, the majority would go to the coffers of the companies with “NNI” and would’ve kept some of the money close to the north. Bottom line, the GN with social passing is not gearing Nunavut youth for viable future employment and these Inuit orgs ( maybe other regions fare better) are not picking up but rather looking for skilled workers who are transient. Nothing for northerners even by northerners.

  5. Posted by Don on

    This is the way to go, contractors/companies have been ripping the north long enough, fly in their workers from the south, not training for locals, build these types of homes and save money while building more houses in less time.
    We have a housing shortage and this type could help that need.

  6. Posted by Captain Hook on

    What route did the ship take to get from Shanghi to Iqaluit?
    Did the ship go eastward through the Northwest Passage?
    Did it take the Northeast passage westward around the north side of Russia?
    Did it go through the Panama Canal?
    Did it go through the Suez Canal and then the Straight of Gibraltar?
    Did it go around the tip of South America?
    Or did it go around the tip of South Africa?
    So many ways to get from there to here.
    Nunavut really does have lots of shipping options.

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