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This three-storey supportive housing facility is the largest of five Olympic Legacy Affordable Housing projects to provide safe, supportive housing for seniors, people with disabilities and individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The facility was designed to the City of Surrey Urban Design Guidelines to complement the neighbourhood in which it is located. The 52 studio apartments for the homeless or those at risk of homelessness include a fully-equipped kitchen, eating area and living room, a bed alcove and washroom.
Originally constructed for single-storey, temporary accommodations built to house two to a room, the modules included kitchen and plumbing rough-ins so the individual units could be transformed into multi-storey, permanent buildings. The modules were designed to fit together differently when they become part of the larger structure with site-built hallways & common areas including a commercial kitchen and dining room as well as administration offices and additional space for program support services. The social housing facilities constructed under this program were all built according to the standards, codes and bylaws that govern all wood frame buildings. The exterior roofing, cladding and other associated work was completed on site.
This innovative re-use of Olympic Whistler Athletes Village temporary housing is the result of a unique partnership with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), BC Housing, local governments, corporate sponsors and community organizations to find creative and affordable housing solutions. Specifications for design were agreed upon between the partners to ensure that the design and construction achieved high sustainable standards to promote energy efficiency and minimize any environmental impact. Designed to meet or exceed EnerGuide™ 80 guidelines, the housing units have a high level of energy efficiency including energy-efficient furnaces, heat pumps & thermostats, low flow fixtures, low energy consumption lighting, Energy Star appliances & windows and high R-values combined with fewer thermal breaks for better draft proofing.
As part of the Olympic Legacy Affordable Housing project, Britco partnered with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) and BC Housing to design and manufacture 300 temporary rooms to be used by 600 officials in Whistler Athletes' Village during the Games. With a mandate to ensure meaningful social, environmental and economic legacies, 74 modules were disassembled after the Games and relocated to five communities across British Columbia where they were reconfigured as permanent social housing facilities with support services. Manufacturing of the modules started in February, 2009 for November completion of the temporary accommodations. Tearout began in March 2010 after the Games and the modules were relocated to Surrey and stored offsite until the new site was ready.