The City of Grand Forks suffered a disastrous flood in 2018 and many residents were affected. There was a requirement for affordable multi-family housing rentals to support families and seniors during the recovery efforts. As an experienced modular provider across the affordable housing continuum and with extensive experience with BC Housing, Horizon North was awarded the design-build contract.
Horizon North’s challenge was to design, manufacture, transport, and install the affordable, multi-family homes in a timely manner in order to accommodate the rapid need for housing for families and seniors in the community. We were also challenged to orient the buildings on the property appropriately to allow for amenity areas and instill a sense of community, with an interior design that allowed for different sizes of apartments while maintaining exterior bedroom windows. The property also needed to be able to manage all storm water on site.
The critical element of having exterior windows on all bedrooms was addressed by creating two townhouse buildings and rotating them on the site, minimizing shadow casting and creating a better community feel as well.
The finalized design is contemporary with neutral colours and hardie planking to suit the surrounding neighbourhood. All buildings feature an ICF Foundation System. In total, there are 42 apartment suites (550-750 sq ft each) and 10 townhouses (1,180 sq ft each) with laundry rough-in, private balconies for all units, and a private backyard for each townhouse. Common areas include an amenity room, two laundry rooms, and an exterior garden and lawn area.