YW’s Affordable Housing facility is taking shape with construction continuing on schedule, barring any more snowstorms. Last month, the vertical foundation walls were completed, and insulation was installed around the perimeter before being backfilled.
Mechanical and electrical have been roughed-in and the second-floor slab has been poured, as you can see in the image below. Work has commenced on the elevator, staircase and walls and will continue to the third floor and roof slab over the coming weeks.
We’ve submitted a Land Use change application to the City of Calgary to increase the number of affordable housing units from 19 to 21 to support even more women and children fleeing domestic violence.
Construction on the YW Sheriff King Home crisis shelter is currently being tendered with the plan to begin work in May.
It’s taking shape!
Construction of the Affordable Housing substructure and foundations is nearing completion. Work will then move into the next phase of a slab on grade allowing for the three-story structure to be built over the coming months. Thanks to good planning and good weather, work continues to be on schedule.
The building permit application has officially been submitted to the City of Calgary for construction of the Sheriff King Home crisis shelter. Construction on this building, facing 16th Street is slated to begin in May, pending funding and other resource considerations.
If you haven’t stopped by for a look, here’s a peek at the progress we’re making!
The groundhogs may have determined we will have six more weeks of winter but locally we’ve been experiencing great winter construction weather. This has been beneficial for progress on the new YW Affordable Housing building on the Sheriff King Home site.
Work on the substructure & foundations is underway, including cement pouring and the addition of reinforcing rebar. With this part of the project almost complete, work on the Super Structure, which includes slab pouring for all three floors, the roof and elevator cores will begin shortly and continue to mid-June.
YW’s development team, along with our architectural partners – Gibbs Gage – and our Project Manager are finalizing design details on the shelter building. We are working hard to ensure we maintain our trauma-informed design focus while managing escalating costs.
Both the Affordable Housing and Shelter buildings will be complimentary in their finishes with each other, and the community where they exist.
We know that construction can be disruptive at times when it’s in your back (or front) yard. YW is working with our construction partners, CANA to manage this as best as possible. If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to us at YWDevelopment@ywcalgary.ca
Site clear and ready for construction!
We are kicking off the New Year with some tangible progress on construction at the YW Sheriff King Home site. The YW Sheriff King Home crisis shelter, which operated on this site for nearly 40 years was demolished in October. In late December, heat trace mats were placed on the site in preparation for excavation and backfill work which began on January 4. Thanks to funding received in December, work has begun on the new affordable housing building, which will be constructed along 20th Avenue.
The project team has been diligently reviewing drawings, making decisions on exterior and interior finishes and adjusting the plans to ensure the project remains on track and is able to meet the needs of women and children fleeing domestic violence.
The affordable housing facility is a crucial part of the YW’s plans for the site and supports a significant need in our community for housing that ensures people of all income levels can live and work in our city. This building will provide women and their children with a viable option for stable housing with the added options to access YW’s depth of programs and services.
YW Sheriff King Home crisis shelter moved to a temporary site in the summer and continues to provide women and children fleeing domestic violence with a safe place to stay during construction on the site. A new shelter is planned for the site, along 16th Street and it is anticipated that construction will commence in spring 2022.
We are excited to share a glimpse of what our affordable housing facility will look like.
Street view facing 20th Ave
Example of unit kitchen and seating
Interior courtyard showing affordable housing & shelter facilities
YW recognizes this project creates some added disruption and activity for our immediate neighbors in the area, your patience and support has been, and continues to be greatly appreciated.
November 26, 2021
YW Calgary is excited to share some of the renderings of the interior of the new site! These designs are modern, trauma informed, and beautiful.
The above is an image of the lobby.
This will be the dining area.
An overview of one of the crisis shelter family units.
November 8, 2021
The YW Sheriff King Home Site Redevelopment Project continues to progress. Since our last update the Project team has been diligently reviewing drawings, making decisions on exterior and interior finishes and adjusting the plans as required to ensure that both the housing and shelter buildings will meet the needs of women and children fleeing domestic violence.
The original building was demolished in October. How quickly it came down!
We are currently working on removal of the foundation and basement. All demolished materials are being hauled off site for sorting and recycling and we appreciate your patience during this part of the process.
Since our last update in August 2021, YW successfully moved the YW Sheriff King Home crisis shelter to a temporary site. We continued to operate throughout the move, ensuring that the many women and children who were residing with us at the time were supported through the transition. The temporary site is a newly renovated building, and families have shared how nice their rooms are and how welcoming, bright and ‘new’ the space is.
Contact information for Sheriff King Home has not changed, if someone you know is in crisis they can reach out using the contact information below:
Shelter Information Line: 403.266.4111
24-Hour Crisis Line: 403.266.0707
Demolition of Current Facility
We continue to progress through the design phases for the site, the two new facilities and the private courtyard.
Demolition of the existing building, parking lot, sidewalks, lights, sheds and fencing will commence in the coming days. Demolition will occur in phases, starting with the existing building, the north/northeast section of the lot, the south/southwest corner and wrapping up with removal and replacement of some soil, that will support the buildings construction. This will take us through to the end of November.
YW, and our demolition contractor are aware this work can be disruptive and cause dust concerns for immediate neighbours. To mitigate this issue, a water truck will be present on site and water will be sprayed on the structures, rubble, foundations and soil as required. All trucks will cover their loads with tarps prior to leaving the site. Noise control will follow existing Calgary noise bylaws to minimize the impact of the construction activity on the community. Any road closures will comply with City of Calgary’s requirements and local residents will be notified in advance.
If you have any questions about these mitigations or the demolition process, please contact us at: 403.705.5779 or YWDevelopment@ywcalgary.ca
The Sheriff King Home Redevelopment Project continues to move forward!
Following the successful move of the shelter programs to Orion earlier this month, the building is now being prepared for demolition in early to mid-September.
The decommissioning of the building is also complete, with the majority of furniture, household items and toys having gone to YW employees, community members, Women In Need Society and electronic recycling. As a result, we were able to divert a significant amount of materials from the landfill!
Fencing has been installed around the site, and will remain in place throughout the project to ensure neighbours and community members are safe during demolition and site preparations.
A Message from the Inglewood Community Association
“The Inglewood Community Association looks forward to working closely with YW as they embark on this redevelopment project. The new shelter, which will provide critical services for women and their children fleeing domestic violence, will be a welcome change from the existing facility. In addition, the affordable housing component, which is relatively small in size, is a much needed addition to the community.”
– Phil Levson, President, Inglewood Community Association
An Exciting New Chapter Unfolds for YW Calgary’s Sheriff King Home
For nearly 40 years, YW has been providing safety and support for women and children fleeing domestic violence at our Sheriff King Home crisis shelter, located at 2003 16th Street SE. The ongoing pandemic coupled with the persistent economic downturn and the reality that Alberta continues to have one of the highest rates of domestic violence means the need for our services has never been greater.
Our intention has long been to redevelop Sheriff King Home, as the current facility is rapidly approaching the end of its lifecycle. In addition, the intention has been to build permanent and affordable housing for women and children experiencing domestic violence adjacent to the shelter facility. This will allow us to better meet the needs of women and children and support them as they take steps to breaking the cycle of abuse.