CHPA is proud to have teamed with BC Housing and the City of Abbotsford to provide 30 fully contained supportive housing suites to accommodate homeless men and women in the Abbotsford community. Each studio suite includes a washroom, living room / sleeping room and kitchen to support fully independent tenancies. A fireplace lounge and convenience kitchen on the main floor provides group amenity areas.
Prior to CHP’s involvement, this project was proposed at a different site and went through a long city process that was ultimately defeated at council. Once CHP got involved, the time line for this project became critical as the facility was greatly needed and to make up time lost through the previous design and location.
In an extremely short 5-month time period, CHP and the project team held multiple meetings with the city planning, engineering and building departments and were able to obtain a development permit and apply for building permit within this time. Multiple meetings (sometimes twice per week) were held with the client in close succession to understand their programming needs and incorporate them into a rapidly changing floor layout. CHP assisted with two public consultations and further refined the exterior aesthetics to city planning comments. Our in-house landscape design team allowed a fast and coordinated response time for resolving all design related issues holistically. Our partnership with a design-build/ construction managed organization allowed the budget to be updated quickly with final pricing determined and finalized. As this project contract is set up as ‘design-build’ the project remained within the contractual budget not to be exceeded.