SvN is currently working on a multi-phased redevelopment of three existing mid-century rental towers owned and operated by Minto. Built in 1965, these buildings include; 111 Pacific Road, 66 Oakmount Road and 255 Glenlake Avenue, making up a total of 720 suites. The redevelopment will span a period of four years.
Phase 1 – Suite Interiors
Phase 1 of the project has been recently completed. This phase involved the redevelopment of the 5 typical suites that make up the three buildings including two bedroom, one bedroom and bachelor units. The final built design of the five “test” suites will soon be used to redevelop all 720 suites. Suites will be renovated monthly with a four week turnaround. It is estimated that an average of 30 – 40 suites are anticipated to be renovated every month.
The suite redesign involved opening up existing galley kitchens that were determined to be too dark and small. The newly renovated suites all include either an island or breakfast bar for seating, increased lighting, increased counter space and increased storage. A combined microwave/charcoal range hood has been added to each kitchen to help increase exhaust capacity without making major mechanical retrofits. New washrooms include low flow toilets and sinks.
Phase 2 – Common Spaces
Phase 2, scheduled to begin construction in 2016, includes the redesign of the lobbies in all three buildings as well as the corridors and amenity spaces. The lobby includes the redesign of an unused waiting space across from the elevators, and will include a fireplace, wood walls and improved ambient lighting. Individual seating areas and outlets allow residents to work on their computers, tablets and phones. Those residents simply wishing to sit and relax can do so next to the fireplace.