Having access to the right workspace is important, regardless of location. A comfortable, efficient and attractive workspace can make all the difference for workers. For Hydro One Networks, an electricity transmission and distribution company based in Ontario, establishing well-equipped field offices in various remote locations was essential to success.
Hydro One’s distribution system is the largest in Ontario, spanning approximately 75 percent of the province. Responsible for serving approximately 1.4 million people in Ontario’s rural areas and municipalities, the company required space for field offices situated throughout the province. These field offices—which functioned as generating stations, distribution line project locations and forestry project sites—were needed immediately.
Hydro One selected Williams Scotsman as its partner for this endeavor based on previous successful collaboration on similar projects. Initially, a total of 25 custom-built wheeled units were supplied to various locations, totaling 9,970 sf of space. As we’ve discussed previously, modular design is extremely flexible and adaptable, allowing these types of offices to be designed to meet the demands of Hydro One employees in the field. These newly built custom units were metal-sided and equipped with security packages on both the doors and windows to offer an additional layer of safety. Double doors were constructed at the rear to easily store equipment as needed. Durable aluminum steps were also included with the custom offices, eliminating the need to build a set of stairs onsite.
Within one month of contact, Williams Scotsman delivered and installed the field offices throughout Ontario for Hydro One Networks. As of 2013, Williams Scotsman has supplied almost 75 of these custom units to Hydro One, providing comfortable and safe workspaces for employees’ daily use throughout the province.
One of the benefits of modular solutions is the quick turnaround time, allowing companies to continue working without diminishing productivity. By quickly establishing new field offices, Hydro One was able to ensure delivery of electricity to millions of residents throughout Canada.
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