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Vol. 14, No. 4 Week of January 25, 2009
Providing coverage of Alaska and northern Canada's oil and gas industry

Arctic Directory: Builders Choice tops 1,000 modules

Directory Staff

In December, Builders Choice hosted an open house to celebrate the production of its 1,000th module since opening its modular production facility in November 2005.

The company said this module is one of many that are shipped to Alaska’s North Slope to house hundreds of employees currently working on some of Alaska’s most significant oil and gas projects.

Over the course of the last two years Builders Choice has produced modules that have gone to all corners of the state of Alaska.

Builders Choice is located in a state-of-the-art production facility just off Old Seward Highway in Anchorage, Alaska. The massive indoor plant allows crews to work year round on modules that are produced in an assembly line process. The indoor facility not only maximizes productivity for Builders Choice, but it attracts local craftsmen who are eager to work in the comfortable, well-lit environment.

“We are very proud of our ability to invest in Anchorage’s growing economy by employing over 190 local staff and craftsmen,” said Mark Larson, Builders Choice co-owner. “Using local labor to build these modules also gives us a unique advantage over our Lower 48 competitors. After all, no one knows how to build for Alaska’s extreme weather conditions better than Alaskans.”

In early 2007, BP needed a 200-bed camp and they needed it fast. Builders Choice was able to construct BP’s Tarmac Camp in just over four months.

Currently, Builders Choice is building modules for the new Aurora Hotel being built in Deadhorse.

‘Doing the job right’ says Bourdon

“This is a huge project for us and working with Mark Larson and Builders Choice daily is working great for ICE Services,” said TJ Bourdon, owner of ICE Services. “They have a great management team and their workforce is dedicated to doing the job right. The best part is it’s being built by an Alaskan company with Alaskan labor.”

The production of the 1,000th module is a milestone for Builders Choice and its clients, the company said.

As Alaska oil fields continue to age, producers are making significant investments to upgrade their critical infrastructure. These multi-billion dollar projects require a substantial workforce to safely implement the upgrades and repairs. The need for more manpower has left the state’s oil and gas producers with a substantial housing gap, Builders Choice said in its press release. The efficient production and delivery of the company’s modules to the North Slope has helped to fill that gap, keeping these important projects on track.



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