YW Hub facility project
Since 1984, and after more than 30 years in the community, YW is pleased to announce we’ll be growing our presence with a new location, a two-acre site at 1715 17 Ave SE (the current site of Westkey Storage). See map.
For more than 107 years, YW has provided services for women in our community. In order to continue our evolution and be responsive to the needs of women and their families today and into the future we need a new facility that will be as adaptable as our organization.
The new YW Hub facility will provide accessible supports for women and their families that include transitional housing, counselling, langauge and employment skill training, child development and parenting programming as well as support services to manage the organization.
Our goal is provide a safe and caring environment for the women and families we support, as well as for the community we reside in.
The YW Hub facility will enable us to continue to serve women and their families and expand our programs, allowing us to offer services to additional people.
Current project plans include:
- Supportive, transitional shelter for 100 women
- 90 childcare spaces
- Parenting and family orientated programming and courses
- Employment resource classrooms
- Counselling space
- Fitness, wellness, and multipurpose spaces
- Community kitchen
- Administrative space
June 2016 through to September 2016
During this time we engaged with community members through surveys, door-knocking and an open house event at YW Sheriff King Home. We also met with the Inglewood Community Association & Redevelopment Committee. These conversations informed our design drivers and site analysis.
September to December 2016
During this period, we shared the conceptual design drawings with multiple stakeholders including neighbours, YW team members and women and families currently accessing YW services to gain feedback and ensure the project would benefit everyone. This valuable input was shared with the design team at Kasian Architecture, who took it into account when finalizing the design. City of Calgary approvals and permitting processes were completed in the summer 2017, enabling the finalization of the purchase of the property by YW. We will break ground in autumn 2017 and complete construction by spring 2019.
2017 to spring 2019
YW began construction on our future YW Hub facility in Inglewood in fall, 2017. YW is committed to bringing you consistent updates during the construction process through a monthly email and website updates. If you wish to receive these updates please submit your contact information on this page.
YW is committed to an open and transparent application process with the city and will remain closely engaged with Inglewood to continue to foster the strong relationship with the community.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question about the project or the site during business hours you are welcome to contact Carla Link, Marketing Manager, at 403-705-5779 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Your inquiry will be responded to by the following business day.
In the event of an emergency please dial 911. After hours or on the weekends, please call Hamilton Reid at 403 370-8078 or Larry Dunsmore at 403 519-7454.
City bylaws permit work to be done between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. On Sundays and statutory holidays the hours change to 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.. A typical work day is expected to be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Typically, you should experience the same level of noise that you would expect from any other construction project. We will have large trucks on site and an active group of tradespeople working to complete the project on time. We will be laying a concrete slab for the base and building upwards from there, this means there will not be a need to bore holes into the ground for pilings.
The building will measure a maximum of 18 meters along 9th Avenue and 14 metres on 17th Avenue.
YW endeavours to have as little disruption as possible to those living in and traveling through the community of Inglewood. We know that there may be times when traffic might be impacted by our building project as well as City road works and, whenever possible, we will advise individuals of this in advance through our website, social media & Inglewood updates email. If you are interested in receiving these updates please subscribe on the right side of this page.
Although not actively seeking formal certifications for the YW Hub Facility, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and WELL Building StandardTM principals and design strategies were studied and adopted by the Project Team through the design process. The facility is designed to not only satisfy, but exceed these standards whenever possible.
In late 2015, YW sold our downtown property, located at 320 – 5th Avenue SE. A significant contribution from this sale will provide seed dollars for the project. In addition to this funding, YW will seek support from the philanthropic community.
On March 26, 2018 YW was thrilled to receive $8.6 million in funding from the provincial government and $560,000 from the City of Calgary to support our transitional housing program which will offer safe accommodation to 100 women in our new facility.
YW has developed contingency plans that will ensure we can see this project through to completion.
As an agency that serves women and children who are exceptionally vulnerable and often dealing with the impacts of trauma, we take safety very seriously. During construction, our priority is safety for those working on the site and for those living in close proximity. Once the project is complete, our building will be a safe refuge for those living and working within its walls as well as for our neighbours. With more than 107 years working with women and our 30+ years in Inglewood we’ve had limited incidents and those few were quickly resolved through our close ties to the Calgary Police Service. YW respects the safety of its neighbours and will work to resolve any issue that arise.
A few common themes emerged in our engagement sessions with the Inglewood community, and parking is top among them. YW Calgary and Kasian Architecture are cognizant of this issue and will allot sufficient space for our team and those accessing the building. YW has also incorporated significant bike storage for staff and anticipate foot traffic and transit to be primary access plans for many. We will discourage individuals from parking outside our lot and we’re also committed to working with the residents to resolve issues as they arise.
In spring, 2016 YW engaged with the Inglewood community members through surveys, door-knocking and an open-house event at YW Sheriff King Home. We also met with the Inglewood Community Association & Redevelopment Committee to hear their thoughts and ideas. These conversations informed our design drivers and site analysis. Stay tuned as we have additional events planned!
A great way to stay engaged and informed about the new building is the subscribe for updates on the right hand side of this page.
We appreciate the importance of responsible and efficient building processes and have considered our design drivers in all of our product and material selections. Inglewood is a leader within the City of Calgary in terms of environmental awareness and development and we embrace that ideology. Initially, a number of trees will be removed from areas on and adjacent to the site along 9th and 17th avenues to make way for construction. Upon completion of the new YW Hub Facility, more than 100 native-species trees including aspens, flowering trees and shrubs will have been planted on the property.
Kasian Architecture Interior Design & Planning Ltd. has developed a conceptual design based on information we gathered from meetings with the YW board, executive team, staff, clients, and the Inglewood community.
YW is conscious of the fact that the community of Inglewood prides itself on diversity in its people and architecture. As such, we met with the Inglewood Redevelopment Committee in during the planning stages to discuss our design drivers and show site massing, and will continue to engage with them throughout the building process. The height of the building as well as the materials used for construction were top considerations in the design. Check out the building renderings!
The entire process, from the signing of the land purchase agreement to the move in to the new YW Hub facility, is expected to take 40-48 months. That means we’ll be moving into our new space in spring, 2019.
In the interim, all YW programs and services at the downtown facility, as well as the YW Sheriff King Home facility, will continue without interruption.
The YW Sheriff King Home will remain in use in its current location. Once the new development is complete there may be some programs that move from the YW Sheriff King Home into the new facility, but the crisis shelter for women and children will remain intact and ready to help those in need throughout the entire process.
Women and their families remain our priority. We believe that in order for a woman to thrive, her family must also thrive. Currently, in addition to our shelter and housing programs, YW offers education, employment skills, counselling and child development and childcare programs to women, children and men — we intend to expand these services in the new facility.
The new facility has been designed with the community in mind. We’re open to exploring new services based on the needs and requirements of the community. It’s our hope that the community will engage in activities and programs offered by YW; whether by using childcare centres and parenting programs; counselling and educational programs; or by becoming YW volunteers.
Questions? We’re happy to answer. Please contact Carla Link directly, or fill in our contact form.