Camas Gardens Supportive Housing

Location

Victoria, BC

Size

3,166 square metres

Completion

2011

Structural Engineer

Read Jones Christoffersen

Project Materials

Lumber

Millwork

Plywood

Siding

Structural Systems

Light frame

Low rise

Panellized

Prefabricated

 Prefabricated light wood-frame construction was the economical, durable choice that eliminated waste and reduced time so that supportive housing could be quickly delivered to Victoria residents in need of safe housing.
  • The three-storey building provided self-contained units for people who are disabled, homeless, or at risk of homelessness.
  • Simple prefabricated wood-frame construction kept costs down.
  • Western red cedar cladding complements the park-like courtyard, creating a calm, supportive environment.

The attractively modern, light-wood-frame housing complex near downtown Victoria proves that publicly funded projects can be cost effective and still deliver on quality and attractive design. Camas Gardens provides a contemporary and comfortable facility along with 44 self-contained units for individuals who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, as part of a partnership with BC Housing.

Simple off-site wood-frame construction played a key role

The project team took advantage of the efficiencies of prefabricated wood-frame construction to deliver the housing. The exterior wood-frame walls were assembled off-site to reduce time and construction waste. The well-being of residents was top of mind, with a wood-frame double-wall system with gypsum board providing durable fire protection, acoustic separation, and improved safety in the event of an earthquake. A hybrid floor system made of wood framing, gypsum board and resilient metal channels between floors absorbs sound.

Wood contributes to a general feeling of well-being and safety

The natural western red cedar cladding complements the site’s landscaping and park-like courtyard, all of which contribute to a calming, safe and supportive environment. Inside, birch wood veneer cabinets contribute to the warmth and durability.

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Exterior afternoon shoreline view looking up at modular passive house / high performance Bella Bella Staff Housing, built with 12 prefabricated modules including solid-sawn heavy timber and oriented strand board (OSB)
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Exterior sunny daytime across the street view of The Gardens, a four duplex single storey residential complex, which included a parallel strand lumber (PSL) beam used in the load-bearing walls and solid Douglas-fir timbers used in the roof structure
The Gardens

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