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SRO Renewal Initiative

Meeting the goal of providing the homeless with access to stable housing with integrated support services is a key priority for BC Housing. The single room occupancy (SRO) Renewal Initiative project will renew and restore 13 SRO hotels located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, currently home to more than 900 residents.

SRO Renewal Initiative

Project Details

Project Description: Meeting the goal of providing the homeless with access to stable housing with integrated support services is a key priority for BC Housing. The single room occupancy (SRO) Renewal Initiative project will renew and restore 13 SRO hotels located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, currently home to more than 900 residents. The project is expected to deliver numerous benefits and improvements for residents, including the quality of maintenance, services and programs delivered. The project also requires the preservation of SRO hotels with historical significance that form part of the City of Vancouver’s and Parks Canada’s National Historic Site registries.

Client:
BC Housing

Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas, ministry responsible for Housing

Capital Cost: $143.3 million
Partner: Habitat Housing Initiative (HHI)
Project Status: Complete
Project Report: Click to access report
Project Website Click to access website
Project Video Click to play video
Case Study: Click to access case study

Milestones

Request for Qualifications issued October 20, 2011
Request for Qualifications closed December 8,2011
Shortlist February 15, 2012
Request for Proposals issued February 15, 2012
Contract award December 20, 2012
Construction to begin December 20, 2012
Construction completed Spring 2017

Project Updates

Habitat Housing Initiative:

  • Team Lead: Brookfield Financial Corp. (Vancouver) and Forum Equity Partners Inc. (Toronto)
  • Design Team: Merrick Architecture – Borowski Sakumoto Fligg Ltd (Vancouver)
  • Construction Team: Ameresco Canada Inc. (Vancouver) and Darwin Construction (Canada) Ltd. (North Vancouver)
  • Facilities Maintenance Team: Ameresco Canada Inc. (Vancouver) and Crosby Property Management Ltd. (Vancouver)
  • Community Engagement: GreenRoots Strategies, Inc. (Vancouver)
  • Legal: Torys LLP (Calgary)

Integrated Team Solutions:

  • Team Lead: Integrated Team Solutions (EllisDon Inc. and Fegate Capital Management Ltd.)
  • Equity Providers: EllisDon Inc. (London) and Fengate Capital Management Ltd. (Toronto)
  • Design Team:
    • EllisDon Corporation (Richmond)
    • Acton Ostry Architects Inc. (Vancouver)
    • Donald Luxton & Associates Inc. (Vancouver)
    • Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. (Vancouver)
    • MCW Consultants Ltd. (Vancouver)
    • MCW Custom Energy Solutions Ltd.
    • CitySpaces Consulting Ltd. (Vancouver)
    • GHL Consultants Ltd. (Vancouver)
  • Construction Team: EllisDon Corporation (Richmond)
  • Facilities Maintenance: COFELY Services Inc. (Vancouver)
  • Legal: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Vancouver)

Concert Partnership Works:

  • Team Lead: Concert Infrastructure Ltd. (Vancouver)
  • Equity Providers: Concert Infrastructure Fund and Concert Real Estate Corporation (Vancouver)
  • Design Team: dys Architecture (Vancouver), Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership (Vancouver) and Robert Lemon Architect Inc. (Vancouver)
  • Construction Team: Concert Properties Ltd. (Vancouver) and BOSA Construction (Burnaby)
  • Facilities Maintenance – Concert Realty Services Ltd. (Vancouver)
  • Community Engagement: Lizette Parsons Bell & Associates (Vancouver)
  • Non-Profit Housing Consultant – Terra Housing Consultants (Vancouver)
  • Financial Advisor: Scotia Capital (Vancouver)
  • Legal Advisor: Fasken Martineau LLP (Vancouver)

Procurement Documents

Project Contacts

Project Contact:

Dawn Hart
Partnerships BC
Email: SRI@bchousing.org

Media Contact:

Fergus McCann
Acting Senior Manager, Public Affairs
BC Housing
Phone: (778) 452-6445

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