500 James Redevelopment

Location: Hamilton, ON

Client: Hughson St. Baptist Church, with Indwell

Year of Completion: 2020

Construction Budget: $16,500,000

Architect of Record: Invizij Architects

This mixed-use redevelopment in North Hamilton includes a new church and 4-storey affordable housing development. Long-time North End church Hughson St. Baptist Church is collaborating with Indwell to redevelop an underutilized urban site into a contemporary church with a focus on sports ministries. Forty-five affordable apartments for individuals facing displacement in this quickly gentrifying neighbourhood are on three floors above the church.

The development targets Passive House International certification, and is one of the largest mixed-use Passive House projects in Canada. The entire project team worked along the lines of Integrated Project Delivery, with all members working collaboratively from the initial concept phase, through design development and construction. The entire complex will require less than 15kW/m2/year in heating energy, making operations of the complex extremely cost-effective.

The three-storey apartment building above the church consists of 45 one and two-bedroom apartments, tenant common areas, staff offices, bike storage and other amenity spaces. Nine of the apartments will be fully barrier-free (half to the Hamilton Barrier-free Design Guidelines). The growing church required large spaces for their weekly worship gatherings, sports ministries, and youth programming. As a result, church spaces includes a adult-sized gymnasium/auditorium to seat 500 people, a large glazed atrium and foyer spaces, a chapel, gathering hall hospitality spaces with a community kitchen, staff offices, and large classrooms and gathering spaces for youth programs from infants through high school.

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