March 2017 Newsletter

QISHS got the green light in the form of interim funding from BC Housing to proceed to the pre-construction design phase. The board then met with architect Philippa Atwood, project designer Jim Matthew, and project manager John Jessup for a strategy session. On the table was how to best meet BC Housing’s design recommendations whilst holding true to the Society’s key requirements for a supported living seniors’ residence. How could BC Housing’s energy efficiency mandate, for instance, mesh with the Board’s health-oriented vision for ample natural lighting in suites, corridors and common areas? Through the course of the discussion, though, it was clear that BC Housing wants the project to succeed every bit as much as QISHS does!