Community Living Initiative Taking Shape

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 2:44pm

The Community Living Initiative (more commonly known as the bungalows) is being built on the grounds of The Nova Scotia Hospital site. The bungalows are designed for individuals who live with a mental illness and have significant challenges that prevent them from living successfully in the community. They are able and willing to engage in recovery-focused planning and activities; and can live safely in the community.

The bungalows will provide a temporary residence for these individuals during the time it takes to help them move into the community. They will be encouraged to participate in services and activities provided in the community, whenever possible. Staff will support individuals in the following activities:

  • Life management - budgeting, using credit, managing a home
  • How to find a job - identifying skills and contacting employers
  • Relationship building - healthy life choices
  • Managing addiction - education, information and counselling
  • Clinical care - recognizing and managing mental and physical needs

The bungalows will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week with trained clinicians who specialize in recovery-focused support.

After a wet spring and early summer, construction crews have worked hard to get back on schedule for a November 2011 completion date. Recently, they laid the "extensive green roof" on the external flattened areas of the bungalows, joining four, 10-bed units to peaked-roof common areas. Here is an images of the process and the beautiful result! Picture was taken by Isabelle Nault, with Architects William Nycum & Associates Limited.

An extensive green roof is virtually self sustaining and requires very little maintenance. The types of plants used are: sedums, dry prairie grass, dry meadow flowers, perennials and small shrubs.

There are several advantages to this type of roof:

  • Reduced heat loss and energy consumption in winter conditions
  • Less storm water run-off
  • Pollutants and carbon dioxide are filtered
  • The life span of the roof is increased because it is protected against damage from debris and elements

The extensive green roof is part of the LEED Silver Certification. LEED is a national third-party certification program that recognizes leadership in green building. It is developed through a consensus process by volunteer members of the Canada Green Building Council, who contribute their expertise to its technical development.