Camas Gardens Supportive Housing

Location

Victoria, BC

Size

3,166 square metres

Completion

2011

Structural Engineer

Read Jones Christoffersen

 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.