Camas Gardens Supportive Housing


Victoria, B.C.


3,166 square metres



Structural Engineer

Read Jones Christoffersen

Project Materials





Structural Systems

Light frame

Low rise



Prefabricated wood-frame housing provides safe haven in Victoria

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.

The six storey East Vancouver Heights residential rental building, a daytime exterior view of which is shown here, is one of the largest buildings to earn Passive House certification in Canada
The Heights

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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)
Bella Bella Staff Housing

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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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Construction cost analysis of high-performance multi-residential buildings in B.C.

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