LOCATION Toronto, Canada
This sturdy example of early seventies long term care institutional design had lain abandoned for a number of years as a result of changing service models. Toronto Community Housing purchased the building to convert it into standard apartment forms to accommodate more independent seniors. A specific focus of the work was universal accessibility to allow the residents to live independently. The building was stripped down to the exterior walls and structural elements and entirely new mechanical and electrical systems installed. A geothermal system was installed and new insulation and windows added to meet LEED silver equivalency. A reorganization of the loading and parking areas provided new landscape and amenity areas at grade. A portion of the ground floor was converted to tenant use for Woodgreen Community Services.