A new $4.2-million development in Port Coquitlam is not only providing supportive homes for individuals living with mental health challenges, according to the provincial government, but also acting as a community hub for mental wellness.
Development Consultant: Terra Housing Consultants
Builder: Andreas Developments Ltd.
Structural Engineer: Tabet Engineering Inc.
Mechanical/Electrical: SRC Consultants Ltd.
Landscape Architect: Keith Koroluk
Building Envelope: Aqua‐Coast Engineering Ltd.
Geotechnical Engineer: United Pacific
Community Wellness Centre & Housing
Port Coquitlam BC
Iris House is a multi-use facility that provides housing and support for people who have psychiatric disabilities and who may have co-occurring disorders such as addictions. The building also houses a Community Wellness Centre, allowing the New View Society to provide outreach services to both residents and non-resident members of the community.
The Charles Lobb House, built in 1911, served for many years as a house of healing and recovery, acting as a hospital, rehabilitation centre and, most recently, transitional housing for the New View Society. Building and Fire Code deficiencies forced the Society to avoid a massive and very expensive upgrade by building a new facility on the property; to create a new building which would not only include the Community Wellness Centre, but also housing for 10 individuals. This project required the redevelopment of the Society’s original site, including removal of the existing, inadequate building and the sale of a portion of the land to help fund the new building. The main design intent was to pay homage to the original Lobb House, by echoing its form and character, while meeting the diverse and very modern requirements of the New View Society. Construction of the new building was completed in 2011.