W&N Development has become the Northwest's first choice for large scale modular projects.
We have a lot of history and experience in installing modular buildings. We have also developed our own custom procedures and tools for handling modular boxes. Together with our extensive history working with modular buildings, we are experts in setting, connecting and installing modular boxes in precise alignment. We have the knowledge and the experience to handle any large scale modular project.
When W&N Development started in 1996, we did mostly concrete projects. We then received an offer to come down to JBLM and take on a project installing 160 new modular homes. After getting the project started and learning all the tricks for modular installs we were off and running. We went from the project on base to the next, Miller Hill, which was another 17 homes of similar fashion. Finally, we finished off our JBLM run with Equity Residential at Town Center. This was a slightly different style modular project, but all in all was the same basic idea. During this period, we developed our system where we build the roof on the concrete foundation prior to setting the building. Then we use the crane to set the roof off to the side, pick all the house boxes into place and then reach back, grab the roof and set it on top, completing the day with a finished house (that’s why you see all those pictures of a big roof flying through the air).
To continue the modular service, we started working for a few different companies. We did a barracks unit on base for Comark Construction while also traveling the state a bit, setting small buildings for Pacific Mobile Structures. Guerdon Enterprises at this time brought forward a few more opportunities for us to travel and continue setting buildings. So, we loaded our crane at the time on a rail car and shipped it out to North Dakota. Our first project out there was the Stanley Hotel, living in man camps and dealing with the different climate brought its own struggles but we ended up with another successful project. After that one Guerdon also brought another project to us in California called Vista Montana. This would be by far the largest one building project we have ever completed. A typical project for a house would be 4-8 boxes and hotels were typically 60-80 boxes, but Vista Montana was roughly 540 boxes, making a complete apartment complex on top of a parking garage. After the California project we were back to North Dakota to complete Wolf Creek Apartments. While this project was running we had also sent a small crew into Saskatchewan Canada to set Riverwood Apartments. Both projects went well and came to a successful completion. The Canada project ended up bringing us a new business partner and a future Canadian company called Modular Set Canada (MSC).
The W&N side of the set crew had now moved into Yellowstone National Park to set 3 new lodge buildings. This was a cool opportunity because we were working and living in the park itself. Phase 1 of Yellowstone is now completed and it's back to North Dakota we go! We have now started Emerald Ridge Apartments with Guerdon again; 3 apartment buildings being built in Watford City. This project again was a great success.
We decided the Washington market was getting stronger, so we wanted to move all our work force back home and be done with North Dakota. Pacific Mobile Structures reached out to us with an opportunity to do a building for Boeing. 90 boxes were used to create the new Bomarc Campus expansion in Everett. Again, we set an example of how properly planned and executed modular projects can go smoothly and successfully. After this project was completed we went back to Yellowstone National Park to set phase 2 which was 2 more lodge buildings in the park.
Through all this there have been some other smaller projects but that is the core history of our modular experience. Just in those projects described we have set and connected well over 2000 modular boxes! We continue to work with new builders who show interest in modular construction and we look forward to more successful projects ahead!"