The City of Penticton required an immediate solution to address the affordable housing issue plaguing the community. Working in conjunction with The Province of BC and BC Housing, the City needed a facility that could offer a safe environment and a fresh start to those experiencing homelessness and help them transition into self-sufficiency. Given government funding guidelines, the project needed to be completed in record time and meeting strict energy performance requirements (Step 3 of the BC Energy Code.)
BC Housing opened a 62-unit housing project for Penticton residents experiencing or at risk of homelessness on Thursday.
The project, called Burdock House at 594 Winnipeg St., is a newly-completed four-storey modular building featuring 62 studio units, including four accessible units.
Each of the units includes a private washroom and mini kitchen. The building also includes communal space for counselling and community meetings, a multi-purpose room, commercial kitchen and dining room, as well as outdoor amenities including a gazebo, bike and cart storage, and a pet-friendly running area.
Each unit is private, with a washroom and kitchenette. The ground floor includes a commercial-grade kitchen, common dining area, laundry facilities, and support service rooms.
The building was also designed to meet Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code, meeting rigorous energy requirements and airtightness targets.
The facility was completed using 44, 12’x60’ modules built off-site at Metric Modular’s manufacturing facility in Agassiz, transported to and installed on-site where the final interconnections were done.
Read BC Housing’s project summary.