With access to Rapid Housing Initiative funding from Waterloo Region and CMHC, the YW of Kitchener-Waterloo had an incredible opportunity to continue their mission to support homeless women in the community through the construction of a new housing development designed for safety, accessibility, and inclusivity. A team led by EDGE was selected as the successful proponent to deliver this project through a competitive request for proposal process. The team was tasked with delivering 41 compact yet accessible 1-bedroom transitional housing units on a challenging property within 1-year of contract award. Our design response achieved optimal utilization of the site through a narrow building form comprised of prefabricated cross-laminated timber structural elements in an arrangement that maximized material efficiency and minimized the installation time. The mass timber elements were exposed to impart a sense of warmth and well-being.
Partners: YW Kitchener-Waterloo (Client), Melloul Blamey Construction (Construction Manager), Element5 (Timber Supplier), MTE (Civil and Structural Engineering), DEI Consulting Engineers (Mechanical & Electrical Engineering), ZON Engineering (Energy Efficiency Consultant), MHBC (Urban Planning & Landscape Architecture), Vortex Fire Protection (OBC & Fire Compliance)