Srs Advocate and MLA attend successful Open Houses for Valemount Cares

We’re thrilled so many people came out on September 27 and 28, 2022 to see the latest plans and how the new building is coming along.

Our goals with these meetings were:

  • For Seniors’ advocate Isobel Mackenzie and MLA Shirley Bond to see the progress and advocate for services in the new facility
  • Introduce the project team – David Nairne and Associates and Mierau Contracting
  • Share the community/society feedback has been incorporated into the design
  • Show the Net Zero and sustainable features that increase affordability, operational savings and reduce climate impact
  • Allow contractors to meet Mierau Contracting to explore opportunities during the construction stage
  • Share who are the project funding partners and Donors to date

For those who missed the presentations, here are the slides

The design of the building and landscape including the common spaces that will support tenants are show in the slides.

You can experience a walkthrough of the facility here.

Assisted Living and Supports to Live at Home Better than Long Term Care

The visit from MLA Hon. Shirley Bond and Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie was particularly timely.

They spoke to how rural seniors don’t get the supports to age in place and they would continue to advocate for it. What was interesting was the statistical and anecdotal information Isobel Mackenzie shared during the Seniors Fair and Open Houses.

Table Courtesy of the Office of the Seniors Advocate

Majority of seniors choose to age and die at home unless they have complex medical conditions. This includes 86% of seniors aged 85 years and up. Thus investing in support services for people in their home and in facilities like Valemount Cares that are less institutional and allow seniors to interact and share a meal is needed more than long term care beds.

Net Zero = Affordability + Sustainability

The design of the building is more efficient from an electricity consumption point of view with better insulation and mechanical systems. With solar panels installed on the roof, the building will produce all the electricity it needs, averaged over a year. During winter months, when there is fewer hours of sunlight, the building will have to rely on BC Hydro, however in summer months, the solar panels can produce more electricity and send it back to BC Hydro’s grid. Over the course of a year, the building would have saved over $22,000 in power and thus increased affordability for seniors and the society.

Who’s making this project possible?

At a time when construction costs are very high and agencies have restrictions on what they can fund and what they can’t, public funders, trusts and individual donors make it possible to have the spaces we want and need in this new facility. Take a minute to review the names. We are very grateful to all these partners who will help make the project a reality.

Project Schedule

BC Housing just finished reviewing the 50% Construction Drawings and Design Team is starting to work on the 95% set.

Mierau Contracting will be putting out over 40 tenders for sub consultants / subcontractors in January 2023.

Construction will start in May 2023.

Building will be ready for move-in in May 2024.