Proposed design of Beaverton Supportive Housing Project wins architectural award

The proposed design for the Beaverton Supportive Housing Project has won an architectural award.

The project was one of five projects recently recognized with the 2021 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence.

A media release from the Region notes that this is the first time a Durham facility has received such an honour.

The proposed design by Montgomery Sisam Architects features two structures – both a two- and three-storey structure – with a connective link that serves as the main entrance lobby and opens onto a landscaped courtyard.

The three-storey structure contains living accommodations for 47 residents, lounges, washroom facilities, laundry and administrative service areas. The two-storey structure has a dining room, kitchen, reading room, meeting and administrative space, and support rooms.

“Life circumstances can result in crisis and, when this happens, people need support and a stepping stone to life stabilization,” said Stella Danos-Papaconstantinou, the Region’s Commissioner of Social Services.

“The Beaverton Supportive Housing Project will address the urgent need for supportive housing and the thoughtful design by Montgomery Sisam Architects, which earned a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence, will hopefully make residents feel warm and welcome.”

The facility is designed to run on solar energy and electric power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as part of the Region’s commitment to protecting the environment through leadership in sustainability and addressing climate change.

“To help meet the urgent need for supportive housing, this development will use prefabricated modular construction, which requires less time than traditional construction,” the media release reads.

“Supportive housing aims to improve residents’ quality of life through housing and wrap-around services that promote life stabilization. This includes on-site meals in a dining hall, mental health and addictions support, medical care, financial assistance, rental and tenant support, life skills teaching/counselling, and employment services.”

Community resources – including counselling and mental health resources, medical services and social services – will also be offered on site for area residents according to the Region.