Transitional Housing for Street-Involved LGBTIQ2S Youth
There is a clear and urgent need for a facility exclusively dedicated to homeless LGBTIQ2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, questioning and Two Spirit) youth in Toronto. Nearly one in four homeless youth identify as LGBTIQ2S and, facing non-acceptance at home, they lack the traditional social supports necessary for the transition from childhood to adulthood. Once on the street, these same youth report being afraid to access mainstream shelters and housing for fear of abuse. In response to these challenges, Egale Centre will be exclusively dedicated to homeless LGBTIQ2S youth.
Canada’s first and only facility (and only the ninth in the world!) that will combine the proven counselling services of Egale Youth Outreach with emergency and transitional housing exclusively dedicated to serving homeless LGBTIQ2S youth. When its doors open, Egale Centre promises to fundamentally transform the support services offered to Toronto’s homeless youth population.
The facility will be an extensive renovation of two existing housing structures on the site - a historic home from the 1870s, and a small apartment building built in the 1970s. Sustainable’s mission is to preserve and improve these distinct structures, to blend them into a new facility with exceptional energy-efficiency and comfort – and to provide an iconic identity for the Egale Centre.
New west-facing windows with vertical shading devices will create a visual identity that ties the existing structures together and shades the building from summertime sun. This will blend passive sustainable features with the architecture of the building, combining beauty and function into one meaningful identity.
Above-code amounts of insulation within a new, interior wood structure will be added to the inside of the existing masonry shells, preserving the exterior aesthetic and creating a very comfortable interior environment. This pioneering construction technique will allow a new, high-efficiency building to be constructed within the shell of an old one. In this way, Sustainable will greatly reduce the carbon emissions during both construction and operation. Additionally, Sustainable will preserve and enhance the social equity of the site by retaining the existing buildings and by adding another layer of meaning to their history.
Location: Toronto, ON
Area: 1672 m², 18,000 ft²
Project Leads: Craig Race, Donald Peckover
Client: Egale Canada Human Rights Trust
Interior Design: Yabu Pushelberg
Contractor: Daniels Corporation
Structural: Atkins + VanGroll
Mechanical & Electrical: Mott MacDonald
Targeted Reduction in Energy Use from Typical: 46%