- Project Type
- Special Needs
- 220 Princess Ave., Vancouver, BC
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“… This project will allow vulnerable women and women with children to make the transition from homelessness and living in shelters to self-sufficiency and independence by offering them a safe home with support services to rebuild their lives.”
“This public sector project is a model for energy-efficient high-rise residential design. The 30% window-to-wall ratio, the high-performance envelope with thermal breaks, radiant in-slab heating and heat recovery ventilation in each suite are strategies all private sector developers should try to emulate. This project is characterized by a remarkable quality and generosity of the interior spaces, making it an example of architecture that could truly transform the lives of its embattled residents.”
– June 2016 Jury Comment, CaGBC SabMag Awards
The project consists of 3 major components: subsidized rental housing and support services, offices for RainCity Housing and Support Society, and a commercial / retail component.
The residential component of the project consists of 105 PHI units plus 41 family rental apartments and amenity / support spaces. Residents will be varied but the resident focus group is women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. It is not, however, restricted to women, but in case of a partnership breakdown, the women will retain the lease and housing.
The project is registered with the CAGBC and is designed to meet a LEED Gold standard.