3.10.10

Modern Green and Affordable

ottawa modern affordable green appartment rental community garden green roof

I was recently made aware of a neat new building development project by Centertown Citizens Ottawa Corporation, a non-profit social housing provider. Located between the museum of nature and the 417, this rental housing complex, called Beaver Barracks, is a multi-phase / multi-building project on the site of a former air force barracks, demolished in the early 90s after which the lot was left vacant.

The two-phased project includes several energy efficient and green features such as a geothermal heat pump system (said to be the largest residential geothermal unit in Canada to date), low-flow water fixtures, energy Star appliances, energy efficient lighting systems, a community garden, a green roof, composting and recycling stations.

ottawa modern affordable green appartment rental community garden green roof
ottawa modern affordable green appartment rental community garden green roof
Argyle apartments
ottawa modern affordable green appartment rental community garden green roof
Catherine Mixed Use Building
ottawa modern affordable green appartment rental community garden green roof
Catherine Mixed Use Building
ottawa modern affordable green appartment rental community garden green roof
Stacked Townhouse Building B
ottawa modern affordable green appartment rental community garden green roof
Metcalfe Mixed Use Building

There's even photo blog updating readers on the construction process. The Metcalfe building is almost ready and the foundation for the stacked townhouse has already been poured. CCOC is planing to be handing over keys to 160 units at the end of this year and is currently accepting applications.

ottawa modern affordable green appartment rental community garden green roof
ottawa modern affordable green appartment rental community garden green roof
ottawa modern affordable green appartment rental community garden green roof

It’s great to see such projects in the city, and it's definitely a nice add-on to the area. Based on Loom's knitnut, a former tenant of CCOC, the landlord is really good and caring too, which makes a huge difference in the sustainability of this kind of project. It will be interesting to see the completed project with the green roof.

photos: Beaver Barack | ottawa.ca | ccoc

2 comments:

  1. I saw something about this at the Transition Ottawa website - so great that Ottawa is starting to see green options for all incomes. Love that this is a rental!

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  2. Thanks for keeping all of us design nuts up-to-date with what is going on in O-town.! Love the bright yellow used in this new in-fill development. Here's to keeping people downtown and happy :-)

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