Invizij Architects.

Melvin + Parkdale Redevelopment


This project includes the gutting, new exterior envelope, and complete renovations to a group of buildings at the corner of Melvin & Parkdale in East Hamilton (formerly the George & Mary banquet centre). The existing buildings date from the 1880s, 1940s, and 1970s and included a banquet hall, tavern, and rooming house.

Indwell purchased the building, which had undergone little maintenance in recent years, and intends to completely transform the building into a community hub with 57 studio apartments, eight of which are barrier free. The local non-profit has undergone similar projects in recent years at The Perkins Centre (1430 Main St. East) and Streathearne Suites (311 Strathearne) - both also in East Hamilton. The Phase 1 total gross floor area is 4,324m2.

The entire development is targeted for EnerPHit certification, and when it is completed will likely be one of the largest and most complex Passive House retrofit projects in Canada. EnerPHit is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, significantly reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. In order to achieve this standard, we have assembled a great team of architects, engineers, consultants, general contractors, and owners right from the start to work collaboratively to bring the project to fruition.

Funding for this project is through Indwell’s fundraising, and federal, provincial and municipal forgivable loans. The project is currently under construction, with completion anticipated in teh summer of 2018.

Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Completion: under Construction
Client: Indwell
Construction Cost: $9.5M

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