Cornerstone Housing for Women - CSV Architects Residential Projects
Salus Scott Street
This mixed-use building for Ottawa Salus Corporation provides 40 apartment units for independent living in a secure well-supervised environment plus the administrative offices for the organization. Salus provides housing and social services for the mentally ill. The site area is 1440 sq.m. The 3178 sq.m building includes 2000 sq.m of studio apartments (40 sq.m each) on 3 upper floors, and 648 sq.m commercial and residential accessory spaces on each of the groud floor and the partially raised basement.
The project cost was $4.3M and provided assisted housing funded under the Action Ottawa program.
Construction on Salus Scott House started in winter 2005, and the building was occupied in the fall of 2006.
The building uses a range of sustainable design measures including:
brownfield site redevelopment
energy conservation (CBIP and DAP compliant) with high efficiency envelope and HVAC
Low water and maintenance landscaping
Heat recovery ventilation
High efficiency lighting
Low VOC finishes
Occupant control of ventilation and lighting including operable windows, and views to the exterior for all office space
CSV worked closely with Ottawa Community Housing to redevelop their property at 211 Lees Avenue. In 2013 the previous building, consisting of 14 2- and 3- bedroom stacked townhouses, was severely damaged by fire. The replacement building provides 16 units in a range from 1- to 4-bedrooms including accessible family units.
The existing foundation suffered no damage and was deemed to be in good condition, therefore the new building was designed to reuse the existing footings and basement walls. Each of the units has a separate entrance with four of the units being entered directly at grade level for improved accessibility. The units are configured to run from front to back with access to an abundance of natural light and ventilation on two sides.
The building design is sympathetic to, and compatible with, the neighbouring buildings, using a range of materials and forms to establish a scale that mediates between the smaller single-family homes and the larger townhouse blocks in the area. Increased soft landscaping will complement the building, provide attractive and useful amenity spaces, and further soften the massing.
The goal of this project was to provide healthy, comfortable affordable housing units while reducing maintenance and operation costs.
174 Glebe Avenue
Kings Daughters and Sons
Cornerstone Princeton Avenue
This project included the renovation of the existing building at 373 Princeton Avenue for 43 new independent affordable housing suites. The renovations were mainly to the interior of the building on all three levels, and included:
Creation of 43 individual suites that provide the option for independent living with sleeping, living, cooking and eating space, and bathrooms.
Modifications to the existing lower level multi-purpose space to maintain shared social and amenity spaces, served by a modified kitchen for teaching and light food preparation.
A shared laundry, community worker office, medical office, computer space
A new stair and lift access from the common spaces to the rear garden will transform the building design by integrating the interior and exterior spaces into a healthy social environment for the residents.