BC Housing - 14 Sites

Location

Vancouver, BC

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Certifications & Awards
  • LEED Canada for New Construction and Major Renovations 6 Gold certified, 2 Silver certified
Project Team
  • Sustainability Consultant: Recollective Consulting
  • Developer: City of Vancouver / BC Housing
  • Architect: GBL Architects, Neale Staniszkis Doll Adams Architects, DYS Architecture, CJP Architects, Boni Maddison Architects, DGBK Architects

Summary

BC Housing has gone beyond the recent provincial mandate, committing to achieving LEED Gold with a minimum of 6 points for EA credit 1 (optimize energy performance) and targeting carbon neutrality, not only for the housing facilities it owns and operates but also those which BC Housing has funded and that will be operated by other organizations.

Description

In December 2007, the Province of BC and the City of Vancouver approved a Memorandum of Understanding to build new social and supportive housing units on 12 city-owned sites, with a goal of providing more safe, secure and affordable housing plus support services in response to the current homelessness situation. Two additional sites were later identified. The majority of the 14 city-owned sites were identified as part of the city’s Supportive Housing Strategy. The sites will provide a total of 1,506 new units of social and supportive housing.

BC Housing has committed to achieving LEED Gold and targeting carbon neutrality, not only for the housing facilities it owns and operates but also those which BC Housing has funded and that will be operated by other organizations. The “14 sites” residential non-market projects are examples of this – these sites are owned by the City of Vancouver and will be operated by various non-profit organizations.

Below is a list of the 14 projects:

  1. Karis Place - 1338 Seymour Street (Operated by More Than a Roof) – Provide 105 units of studio-style apartments with support services

  2. Station Street Community - 1005 Station St. (Operated by PHS Community Services Society) – Provide 80 new studio apartments for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

  3. Pacific Coast Apartments at 337 West Pender St. (Operated by Coast Mental Health) – Provide 96 new studio apartments for homeless and homeless at risk, including one floor dedicated for women and one other floor dedicated for young people (between 19-24)

  4. First Place Residence 188 East 1st Ave. (Operated by Lookout Emergency Aid Society) – Provide 129 units of housing with integrated support services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

  5. Sorella Housing for Women at 525 Abbott St. (Operated by Atira Women’s Resource Society) – Provide 108 units of housing with integrated support services for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

  6. Dunbar Apartments - 3595 West 17th Ave (Operated by Coast Mental Health) – Provide 51 units of housing with integrated support services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

  7. Sanford Apartments - 1601 West 7th Ave (Operated by Katherine Sanford Housing Society) – Provide 62 apartments with support services for individuals who are at risk of homelessness. Plus, a client resource centre operated by Motivation, Power & Achievement Society on first & second floors

  8. 1249 Howe Street Project - McLaren Housing Society – Provide 110 units of supportive housing

  9. Marguerite Ford Apartments - 215 West 2nd (Operated by Katherine Sanford Housing Society and RainCity Housing & Support Society) – Provide 147 units of supportive housing

  10. The Kettle on Burrard - 1134 Burrard (Operated by Kettle Friendship Society and Family Services of Greater Vancouver) – Provide 141 units of supportive housing

  11. Alexander Street Community - 111 Princess Avenue (Operated by PHS Community Services Society) – Provide 139 units of supportive housing

  12. Kwayatsut - 675 East Broadway (Operated by Vancouver Native Housing Society and Broadway Youth Resources Centre) – Provide 103 units of supportive housing

  13. The Budzey Building220 Princess (Operated by RainCity Housing & Support Society) – Provide 146 units of supportive housing

  14. 1050 Expo Blvd. (Operated by 127 Society for Housing and St. James Community Services Society) – Provide 89 units of supportive housing