Media Release

May 16, 2014

Renovation Contracts Promote Affordable Living, Energy-Efficiencies for Families and Individuals

Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) has awarded contracts of $1.2 million for major renovations and energy-efficiency upgrades to social housing and for the construction of four apartments in St. John’s.

“This investment is an excellent example of the work Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation is doing to ensure that existing social housing lasts well into the future to meet the housing needs of persons with low-incomes. As well, the construction of four apartments for individuals or families will help address the increased demand for smaller accommodations for single adults and persons with disabilities.”
- The Honourable Kevin O’Brien, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation

Can-Am Platforms and Construction Ltd. has been awarded a $536,000 contract to construct a four-unit building on Prospero Place containing one-bedroom apartments. The building will have two upper-level and two-lower level apartments, with the lower-level units being fully accessible. The anticipated completion date for the project is January 2015.

G.S. Hunt Ltd. has been awarded two contracts valued at $376,000, which includes $99,000 for exterior renovations and repairs to four social housing units at Regatta Terrace. The work will include siding, window, door replacements, installing new eaves, bathroom and kitchen fans and related ductwork, upgrading plumbing and electrical works, and installing heat reduction ventilation units. The anticipated completion date for the work is July 2014.

G.S. Hunt Ltd. was also awarded a $277,000 contract to upgrade an eight-unit building on Graves Street. The work will include roof, siding, window and door replacements, some interior painting and repairs, as well as plumbing and electrical upgrades including the installation of new bathroom and kitchen fans and dryer ventilation hoods. The anticipated completion date for the project is December 2014.

Eastern Siding Systems Inc. will carry out $298,000 in exterior and interior renovations on four homes on Guy Street. The work will include roof, siding, window and door replacements, electrical upgrades as well as the installation of Heat Recovery Ventilation systems, and new fans for the kitchen, dryer and bathroom, which will improve ventilation and air quality in the units. The anticipated completion date for the project is August 2014.

Since January 2013, $10 million has been invested to renovate approximately 450 social housing units throughout the province. To date, approximately 75 per cent of units province-wide have received exterior upgrades. Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation continues to help meet the social housing needs of smaller families and single people through reconfiguration projects.

QUICK FACTS

  • NLHC has awarded contracts totaling $1.2 million in St. John’s for major renovations and energy-efficiency upgrades on social housing homes and for the construction of four apartments.
  • NLHC is the province’s largest landlord with 5,556 affordable rental units province-wide.
  • To date, 75 per cent of NLHC’s 5,556 social housing units have been modernized and imporoved.
  • These building renovations support the Provincial Government’s action plans focused on climate change and energy efficiency, Charting Our Course: Climate Change Action Plan 2011 and Moving Forward: Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2011.

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Media contacts:

John Tompkins
Director of Communications
Department of Advanced Education and Skills
709-729-0753, 728-7762
jtompkins@gov.nl.ca
Jenny Bowring
Manager, Communications
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing
Corporation
709-724-3055
jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca