The new Kwayatsut building located in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Vancouver has won a 2015 Sustainable Architecture & Building (SAB) Canadian Green Building Award.
The project is a partnership between BC Housing, the City of Vancouver, the Broadway Youth Resource Centre, and the Vancouver Native Housing Society to provide supportive rental housing as a part of the British Columbia Homelessness Initiative. With Vancouver’s current homeless crisis, there is a high need for buildings like Kwayatsut.
Working with the design-build team, MMM provided the mechanical and electrical engineering for this project. The building consists of ninety-nine self-contained units of housing plus amenity / support space for both adult and youth, commercial space owned, managed and leased by the City of Vancouver, and the Broadway Youth Resource Centre.
In announcing the award the SAB jury stated “A challenging project, serving a high needs user group, this building needed to be highly durable as well as welcoming, supportive and environmentally responsible. To have met all these requirements on a tight budget is a considerable achievement.”
SAB Canadian Green Building Awards annually recognize the best Canadian green buildings nominated by a panel of independent design and building professionals.
More information on the awards can be found on the Sustainable Architecture and Building website.