Acoustical Experience: Affordable and Supportive Housing

About This Project

At BKL, we’ve successfully delivered acoustical services on numerous residential and mixed-use developments that feature affordable and supportive housing components. We know how to meet project objectives and satisfy the requirements of the BC Building Code, BC Housing Design Guidelines, and other relevant guidelines.

Here is a selection of our recent work on affordable and supportive housing projects:

RainCity's emergency shelter at 3030 Gordon.
RainCity’s emergency shelter at 3030 Gordon.


Coquitlam, BC

Operated by RainCity Housing, the 3030 Gordon Project is a shelter and transitional housing facility serving the cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody. We provided noise and vibration mitigation recommendations to help residents enjoy a quiet and comfortable stay, even though the site is only a few metres from a railway line. Read the full case study here.


Vancouver, BC

An Indigenous-led project, this 11-storey mixed-use development includes 59 affordable apartments, 53 supportive residences, a healing centre, longhouse, and office space for Indigenous organizations. We provided acoustical services during the permitting and design stages.


Burnaby, BC

Replacing an out-of-date social housing complex, Cedar Place is a 90-unit multi-family low-rise building with access to a community garden and playground. We conducted an environmental noise study and provided acoustical design advice during permitting.

Heather Place B (Image by Metro Vancouver Housing)

Heather Place B

Vancouver, BC

This six-storey multi-family redevelopment project features an energy-efficient design; accessible, affordable rental suites; and on-site daycare. We delivered recommendations for sound isolation between spaces to meet requirements of BC Housing and the City of Vancouver’s Building Bylaw. We also provided advice on impact isolation and a bylaw assessment of the building’s mechanical systems.


Pitt Meadows, BC

The Heron’s Nest combines affordable family housing with an on-site childcare facility. We delivered an environmental noise assessment, sound isolation review, and mechanical noise study for the site, as well as a noise impact assessment for the childcare centre.


Vancouver, BC

The Little Mountain redevelopment features 282 new social housing units, including 10 for the Musqueam Nation, a 69-space childcare facility, public plaza, and neighbourhood house. We provided a full scope of acoustical services, including traffic noise mitigation and interior sound isolation recommendations.


Grand Forks, BC

Comprising a three-storey apartment and 10 two-storey townhomes, with 52 homes in all, Raven Place was built using modular construction to serve the community of Grand Forks, BC. We provided acoustical design services and made recommendations to meet the sound isolation requirements in the BC Building Code.


Abbotsford, BC

We provided acoustical consulting services for this three-storey modular apartment building featuring 44 units, including eight units designed for people with disabilities. Each unit is private, with a washroom and kitchenette. The ground floor includes a commercial-grade kitchen, common dining area, laundry facilities and support service rooms.


Vancouver, BC

We provided acoustical design services, including sound isolation recommendations to achieve Code compliance, for the SRO Renewal Initiative, which saw the restoration of 13 hotels in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The SRO hotels have historical significance for the City of Vancouver and are home to over 900 people.

Case Studies, Residential & Mixed-Use
Baseline Noise Monitoring, Building Services Noise & Vibration, Environmental Noise Impact Assessment, Noise Mitigation Design, Sound Isolation, Vibration Isolation