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West Don Lands

589 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario
Toronto Community Housing Corporation

Units 243
Storeys 8
Total GFA 190000 sq.ft.

Toronto Community Housing Corporation has built an affordable housing development comprising of a three building complex with 243 family units. The development will provide 128 units designated for seniors and senior-couples. This project is the first development underway in the West Don Lands Development Area.

CORE Architects was asked to participate in an RFP process after TCHC decided to replace the architect originally awarded the project. After successfully winning the RFP CORE delivered to TCHC a design solution that not only addressed the original programmatic needs but one that accommodated the existing shoring and pilings from the previous design that were already in place, representing a substantial cost savings to the TCHC.

CORE continued to value engineer the design by providing TCHC with better unit configurations by vertically integrating the unit types, providing for higher level of finish details than are typically found in TCHC projects, relocating the parking access to create better flow through the three buildings which increased the green spaces and skinning the building in brick rather than wood, all of this was achieved while strictly adhering to the budgetary constraints established by TCHC.

CORE further delivered the entire project to the tendering process in 40% less time than typically expected due to the reduced timeline due to the reissuing of the RFP process and to accommodate the TCHC's fiscal deadlines.