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Ts'i'ts'uwatul' Lelum assisted living

duncan, BC

Opened in 2012, Ts'i'ts'uwatul' Lelum is a new assisted living complex for Cowichan Elders. Designed to LEED Silver standards, this $16 million 4-storey wood-framed residential facility was constructed on First Nations land in partnership with Cowichan Elders Tribes, BC Housing, The Vancouver Island Health Authority and the non-profit M'akola Housing Society.
The 52,000 sq.ft. property features 50 self-contained apartment style units for Elders and persons with disabilities. The units comprise 46 one-bedroom and 4 two-bedroom suites, each with its own kitchen, bathroom and in-suite temperature controls. Mechanical features designed to reflect LEED sustainability standards include; non-condensing, high-efficiency domestic water heaters. heat recovery on exhaust air stream from suites, air cooled heat pumps provide cooling and first-stage heating, while a condensing provides second stage heating. AME also designed a rough-in for a future solar domestic water system.
Other amenities designed for the comfort, safety, recreational and cultural needs of the Elders include a craft room, an outdoor gathering place, laundry on each floor, a theatre room, lounge and special spaces to encourage Aboriginal ceremonies.
Client: M'akola Housing Society
Architect: Chow Low Hammond Architects
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