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Commercial | MIDWEST GROUP, FASTWALLS, DONE GROUP
works closely with clients
to find the most efficient and costeffective way to panelize a building.
Speed to Market
Any construction worker who has experienced an Albertan winter can likely relate
to the frustration of temperatures in the
negatives and costly schedule delays due
to winter weather. The lack of construction
efficiency is what drove Barnes to open a
prefabrication shop in Calgary in 2010. Specializing in cold-formed steel wall systems,
custom architectural details, and soffits and
bulkheads, Fastwalls focuses on creating
solutions on a building-by-building basis.
With three decades of experience in
the construction industry, Barnes sought
to beat the unpredictable winter season.
"Having workers idle for two weeks while
you wait for safe conditions so they can
stick-frame the exterior of a building isn't
efficient," Barnes says. "The sooner you
can get that building open, the sooner the
owner is going to get his ROI and the sooner
the construction workers can move on to
the next jobsite."
Prefabrication of wall panels can eliminate the time spent on an actual construction site by 30 to 50 percent. The majority
of the framing is completed in a factory,
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and then shipped to site where it is craned
and clipped into place. Besides creating
a safer work environment for workers, it
gives the opportunity for more quality
assurance checks throughout the process.
"Before any panel leaves our factory doors,
it is examined and compared to the panel
ticket developed by our engineer of record,"
says Fastwalls Factory Production Manager
Simon Roy. "It gives us the opportunity to
ensure each panel is structurally sound."
* Headquarters: Calgary
* Specia y: Prefabricated wall ystems,
"We don't just build walls, we
- Karin Wall, marketing manager
Fastwalls prefabricated systems are not a
"one-size-fits-all" situation. Each project is
reviewed carefully by a team of pre-construction professionals who determine the
best system for the project. "We sit down
together and determine the most efficient
and cost-effective way to panelize a building," Marketing Manager Karin Wall says.
"It could be a load-bearing system, a bypass
system, or a combination of the two."
Fastwalls is not limited to pre-determined systems, and are known for their
ability to take a client's vision and manufacture it. "We've had innovators contact
us with a proprietary idea, and we've been
able to understand the intent and recreate
it in the form of CFS panels," says Wall, "We
don't believe in restricting innovation,
rather, finding the solutions that will build
the future of the industry."
Fastwalls operates in Canada and the
United States, and has been included on notable projects including Studio Bell, home
of the National Music Centre in Calgary,
Alta, Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Centre in
Brush, Colo.; Holiday Inn Express Blue in
Aurora, Colo.; and Grasslands Senior Living
in Regina, Sask.