Kwayatsut Broadway + Fraser

Vancouver Native Housing Society
2465 Fraser Street, Vancouver
New Construction

Kwayatsut has won a 2016 Vancouver Urban Design Award!  NSDA Architects and landscape architect Perry + Associates won in the Large-Scale Residential Building category.  The building was certified LEED Gold in October 2016.

The project, completed in December 2014, serves homeless and homeless-at-risk youth in 103 housing units.  The building has a mixture of tenants with varying support needs and support programming will include a cultural component addressing the challenges that urban aboriginal people face.

Pacific Coast Resources Society (PCRS) operates their Broadway Youth Resource Centre (BYRC) on site, providing innovative multi-agency support services for the residents of the project.  At street level there is retail space owned and managed by the City of Vancouver.  Terra worked with the project team to make adjustments to the scope of the project and overcome neighbourhood objections in order to achieve the necessary rezoning for the site, and to see the advancement of the PCRS proposal to undertake BYRC youth training, certification and involvement in the commercial building deconstruction.

Terra represented PCRS in a successful search to temporarily relocate the BYRC for two years while their permanent location was redeveloped.  Terra’s role included navigation of complex approvals within multiple departments at the City of Vancouver, supporting the negotiation of the final lease agreements, and management of the contracting, budgeting, and scheduling to renovate the 8,000 sq. ft. temporary space and allow services to continue without disruption.

The name Kwayatsut is from the Coast Salish language, meaning "seeking one's power" or "spirit quest".  The name was chosen by Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish Nation.