Maxxine Wright Centre

Atira Women’s Resource Society
13729 - 92nd Avenue, Surrey
New Construction
Wood Frame
LEED Certified

Terra provided development management services to the Society for eight years to complete this complex, multi-funder two-phased project.   Initially Terra worked to complete a feasibility study for the project, identify a suitable site and over the course of the project prepare several successful applications to obtain the necessary funding.  One of the challenges for the development was a sensitive environmental one:  an urban, salmon bearing stream runs along the western boundary of the property.  Terra worked with the consultant team to ensure channel and floodplain enhancements were in place in order to preserve important fish habitat and enable the construction to proceed.   The project, which has achieved LEED Gold certification, was a finalist for a 2010 Real Estate Foundation Land Award. 

Maxxine Wright serves at-risk women/girls who are pregnant or have children and who struggle with substance use, mental health diagnoses, experiences of violence/abuse, and reluctance in seeking medical attention or support services.  Phase 1, the Maxxine Wright Community Health Centre, provides comprehensive women-centred health care and social supports andincludes 12 short-term shelter beds, a 59-space child care centre benefitting residents and families in the community, a pre and postnatal clinic and a community kitchen. 

Phase 2, which opened in spring of 2011, added 24 much needed long-term transitional housing units to the area.