The Rise on Nanaimo
The Rise on Nanaimo is a 5-story, 56-unit affordable housing project for Catalyst Community Developments Society, OneSky Community Resources Society, and BC Housing. With a mix of studio, one, two and three-bedroom rental units with accessible and adaptable suites at the lower residential floor, the project features parking at the base level and four stories of residential suites above. VIA designed both indoor and outdoor common amenity spaces for the residents. The landscape design features an outdoor amenity patio adjacent to the indoor amenity room, trees lining the street, and an outdoor community room at the corner of Nanaimo and Brunswick streets.
VIA Architecture provided architectural services from schematic design through construction documents for this project, coordinated the consultant team, including the builder who provided consultation through the design process and worked with an energy modeler and building envelope consultant to guide the building design to align with the requirements of BC Step Code 3.
The Rise on Nanaimo won the ‘Excellence in Public or Private Partnership’ Award in the 2020 Canadian Home Builders Association Okanagan Housing Awards of Excellence.