March Building Conversations – March 17, 2021
“Ultra-low energy retrofits that maintain affordability are not only possible, but critical to preserving and enhancing housing across the country. ” –Graeme Stewart, ERA Architects
Built in 1967, the Ken Soble Tower is the oldest high-rise multi-residential building in CityHousing Hamilton ’s portfolio and has been in decline for several years. After considering several options including sale, rebuild, capital repair, and rehabilitation, CityHousing opted to retrofit the building, making significant improvements at a fraction of the cost of new build.
The building’s rehabilitation will modernize 146 units of affordable seniors’ housing, while reinvigorating community spaces and outdoor gathering areas, planning for aging-in-place and barrier-free living, and a changing climate. The project will provide residents with improved comfort and control of their indoor environments and with the ability to withstand extreme climate events into the future.