Immanuel Village

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Discovery Homes & The United Church of Canada

2016 to ongoing


SvN is working with Gateway Construction and Engineering and Discovery Homes to design and construct Immanuel Village, a 21-unit housing development in East Kildonan, Winnipeg. As with many communities outside of downtown areas in Canadian cities, East Kildonan suffers from housing options that support seniors choosing to remain ‘in-community’ as their space and mobility requirements change over time. East Kildonan also presents limited options for starter housing for young families and first-time homebuyers. Immanuel Village, in response to these emerging needs, is inclusive by design, providing the innovative housing options, amenities, and accessible landscape that will assure the project’s success as a healthy “multi-generational” community.

Key considerations in respect to creating a multi-generational community is the diversity of housing units provided and specific design considerations such as:

  • Accessible suites with entrances flush with grade;
  • Interior circulation that can accommodate mobility infrastructure, such as stair lifts, for seniors choosing to live independently later in life;
  • Privacy-enhancing design measures such as enhanced sound separation to assure privacy between suites; and
  • Outdoor amenity areas, including shared and private gardening space, to encourage an active lifestyle and foster connections between residents.

As transportation, health and social needs of people change as they grow old, it can be a challenge to remain active and access amenities in suburbs that were designed for cars. Immanuel Village can serve as a model for a community which provides for residents at all stages of their lives, offering an option for seniors wanting to avoid the disadvantages of remaining in single-family homes or living exclusively among those of their age group.

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Housing is a core focus of our business. We design innovative and adaptable buildings and master plans that respond to the immediate and future housing needs of diverse communities and all levels of income. We have a history of initiating and realizing housing projects that fill critical gaps in the market, and that are sensitive and adaptable to evolving cultures and contexts.
We provide comprehensive support for approvals under the Planning Act that includes: the creation of clear, high quality documentation for amendments to official plans, zoning bylaws and building codes; producing planning applications and planning rationale reports; and representing our clients at Ontario Municipal Board hearings.
We provide feasibility planning, development advisory and approvals risk management for public and private clients. As an interdisciplinary team that contributes to the design and architecture of a project, we are able to identify risks in early design development and conceptual site layout stages. We help to shape and form the thinking on site layout and building design in a way that reduces and minimizes the amount of approvals required. We give our clients a comprehensive view of planning approval milestones within the project's life cycle, so they can anticipate the timing and resources required to support various approvals within the overall construction schedule.
We undertake site analysis studies, from site scale up to secondary plan scales.  We work with developers and public agencies such as Build Toronto and Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation to complete due diligence and Highest and Best Use Studies for their lands.