Immigration Services Society of BC
2610 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC
This 58,000 square foot facility, first of its kind in the world, will address the needs of immigrants and refugees in Vancouver. The New “Welcome House Centre” will be a regional service hub bringing together a myriad of organizations, public institutions and programs. Clients of the centre will have access to medical services, English language training, trauma care, childcare, classroom space, a youth centre, banking facilities and a legal clinic. Also included within the plan is the ability for the Centre to provide short-term and longer-term transitional housing through modular bed and unit arrangements, which can be reconfigured to create socially responsive housing. The unique combination of housing and targeted services under one roof will streamline access and care and make it less daunting for immigrants to meet their needs. The project is constructed with concrete and steel and consists of a southern four-storey wing and a northern six-storey wing. This project has been registered with the CaGBC as a LEED Gold Project. The project broke ground on World Refugee Day, June 20th, 2014. Rendering photos credited to Henriquez Partners Architects.