This project involved the rehabilitation / renovation and adaptive re-use of the original 1915 Class “B” heritage building, plus the addition of a new, LEED® Gold, annex to accommodate a total of 56 supportive housing units complete with user amenities, operator administration areas, dining facilities including a commercial kitchen, decontamination sauna, maintenance room, and storage rooms. A full upgrade of Taylor Manor including, but not limited to, existing site services, structural / seismic mechanical, electrical, life safety and fire protection systems that were previously inadequate / antiquated. All existing systems have been upgraded to meet current building code standards.
Working closely with the City of Vancouver Facilities Design and Management, the City of Vancouver Social Development Department, and the Kettle Friendship Society, Merrick Architecture have been involved for the entire duration of the project beginning with early meetings regarding programmatic requirements, provision of an Existing Building Condition Assessment Report, Feasibility Study, and Concept Design Report complete with cost estimates for each phase. Services have included the above design and technical reports plus presentations at the Vancouver Heritage Commission, multiple presentations for the proposed facility operators (Kettle Friendship Society), and donor groups, and management groups at the City of Vancouver Facilities Design and Management and Social Housing and Development departments.