A Canadian company opening a new 81,000-square-foot assembly plant in Savannah will create a scholarship for Savannah College of Art & Design students within the next few months.

The college played a significant role in swaying DIRTT Environmental Solutions, a Calgary-based company that makes movable modular walls for building interiors, to locate in the coastal Georgia city, said Julie Pithers, a DIRTT spokeswoman.

DIRTT uses software to customize each of the aluminum wall frames it manufactures.  Tiles are then clipped to the frames to create walls.  Because none of its units are pre-manufactured, the company needs an array of design-savvy personnel, Ms. Pithers said.

“Every job we do really requires a sense of design and the power of the designer, not just for the aesthetics, but for the function of the space,” Ms. Pithers said.

DIRTT plans to recruit designers from SCAD.  The dollar amount and terms of the scholarship have not been finalized, but Ms. Pithers said plans will be laid out in the next few months.

DIRTT’s plant will initially create 30 jobs with the potential to bring a total of 150 within two years.  

For more information, visit www.dirtt.net.  

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