TIMES COLONIST COMMUNITY AWARD
This 10,000 sq. ft., 10 bedroom building located on the property of the Victoria General Hospital was designed under the leadership of the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island (then known as the Queen Alexandra Foundation), Durwest Construction Management and Alan Lowe Architect Inc. The project was completed within 18 months, with nine months of construction from conceptual design to occupancy. Inspired by the dream and vision of Jeneece Edroff, a young girl (aged seven when the project started and 18 upon completion) living with neurofibromatosis, this $6.5 million project was designed to create a home away from home for families of children in hospital or treatment. The home officially opened on Saturday, January 21 and is expected to accommodate 600 families travelling to the Capital Region for medical care every year. The entire project was funded with the help of more than 2200 gifts, from a few dollars to $1 million, with many consultants and contractors assisting by donating time and materials as well as money to make this project successful.
As spaces will be shared by ten families, careful attention was paid to the design of the kitchen and bathroom mill work, and finishes such as vinyl plank flooring and quartz counter tops were used to ensure ease of maintenance and durability. Artwork created by elementary to high school students all over Vancouver Island was commissioned and fills the home.