Thunderbird Manor

The Vernon Native Housing Society (VNHS) has been servicing low-income individuals since being founded in 1989, fulfilling the need for affordable housing for families in Vernon, British Columbia. This wood-framed development is a four-storey multi-family apartment complex featuring 38 dwelling units ranging from studio layout to three bedrooms. These units are available for Indigenous Elders and families who currently live off-reserve. The development also includes eight fully accessible units for those with mobility challenges.

As mechanical engineering consultants for this project, Williams Engineering (WE) provided schematic design and performance specifications for building controls systems, drainage, and HVAC system design, hot and cold-water systems design. The team also effectively collaborated with the Energy Consultant to determine the most cost-effective mechanical system options. In addition, WE coordinated the water, sewer, drainage, and gas service connections with the civil team involved with this project. Construction on the site started in 2018, with WEC assisting in interpreting the design documents for the client, consultants, and contractors as well as completing periodic site reviews.

Construction of Thunderbird Manor was completed in the fall of 2020 and is now occupied by tenants in the City of Vernon. This development fills the need for affordable housing for low-income individuals and families, people with disabilities, and seniors looking to continue living their lives in their community, close to family and friends.