Central City Mission, Vancouver, BC - 1989
Client: Central City Mission
Building type: Health, Social Services
Central City Mission is a long-term care and treatment facility catering to men with alcohol-related problems. It is a specialized facility licensed for 120 intermediate care beds and 20 alcohol/drug recovery beds. The Board decided to replace the original 1910 structure with a new facility and a new site was identified. We assessed the feasibility of meeting the Mission’s functional requirements within the restrictions of the development parameters for the downtown, City-owned site. We determined the scale and nature of the facility; studied the City’s parking and retail requirements for the site; and assessed the opportunities and constraints of the high profile corner site. Two development options were documented, distinguished primarily by the amount of parking provided. The preferred option was a 10 000 square metres building with seven levels above-grade and three levels below-grade. Completed in 1989.