CMHC "Best Practices" Award, 2004
Family Housing, Toronto, Ontario
Client: New Frontier�s Foundation
Program: 74 Family Apartments:
Daycare for 60 Children
Community Centre for Canadian First Nations
Cost: $7 million, 2002
This project is initiated by the City of Toronto �Let�s Build� program by providing the land and a grant of dollars per unit to provide new affordable housing. In a competitive process the Frontiers Foundation and Robert Reimers Architect Ltd. won the competition to develop this site for affordable housing through renovation of the existing factory and building a new building.
The plan was to renovate the existing industrial building into 44 apartments, 30 car garage, 60 child daycare and an Aboriginal Community Centre where native activities could take place and art displayed. A new apartment building of three stories was planned to reflect the style of the existing building in materials and scale. The apartments included 6 three-bedroom units for families as well as 12 units designed for the physically disabled. In addition rooms are included at each end of each floor for staff for the disabled as well as Hobby and Crafts Rooms. Energy conservation was an integral part of the design to meet the Kyoto commitments. This office also provided design artwork suitable for use in the fundraising campaign.
23 Wilson Street, Uxbridge Ontario L9P 1H8 (905) 862-3649