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YWCA Blockline Supportive Housing

Kitchener, Ontario

New 4-Storey Supportive Housing Building

We partnered with the YW Kitchener-Waterloo and Edge Architects Ltd. to construct a 4-storey 22,000 sq ft multi-unit residential building designed to provide affordable housing for single women currently experiencing homelessness in the Waterloo Region.

Thoughtfully designed using energy-efficient modular construction, the 41-unit building features timber framing and cross-laminated timber (CLT) floor, roof, and wall panels. CLT substitutes typical building materials such as concrete, masonry, and steel one for one combined modular panel. This allows for a more cost-efficient and resilient system.

The exterior of the building consists primarily of EIFS with punch-style residential windows and an exposed concrete style stucco façade.

The project was constructed with the assistance of the Region of Waterloo, CMHC, and the Federal Government’s Rapid Housing Initiative. The Rapid Housing Initiative aims to create and expedite new affordable housing for vulnerable people and populations targeted by the Federal National Housing Strategy.


Edge Architects Ltd., WalterFedy, MTE Consultants Inc., DEI & Associates Inc. Chung & VanderDoelen Engineering


Multi-Unit Residential

Project Duration

Jul 2021 - Apr 2022


22,819 sq. ft.



Project Type

Design Build


YW Kitchener-Waterloo