Client: SFU Community Trust
Location: Burnaby, BC
The SFU Community Trust commissioned Local Practice Architecture to design a 90 unit below-market rental complex to Passive House Design Standards. Targeting a 90% reduction in standard energy use, the project has the additional expectation of delivering high level quality and performance with no additional cost premium to conventional wood frame construction. Located steps away from an elementary school and a child care facility, the project offers a majority of two-bedroom suites suitable for the University's graduate students with children.
Following an extensive site analysis, the project integrates this density between two wood-frame apartment buildings (four and six stories) and a one story amenity building. The public components of the project face the University's academic buildings, while a large family friendly courtyard is located further away from the bustle of the campus. Technically, the project involves utilizing a high performance building envelope, simple construction techniques, and a series of articulated elements such as canopies outside of the building envelope. The public realm is carefully designed with planting, hardscape, and water features to encourage outdoor enjoyment and places to linger.
Project Team: Local Practice (Architecture), Space2place (Landscape), Associated Engineering (Struct. & Elec.), Rocky Point (Mech.), Gage Babcock (Code), RDH (Envelope) Heatherbrae (Costing)