Home For Good Home for Good, located 2 hours East of Toronto in Belleville, is an 3-story 41-unit apartment building for individuals who currently or at risk of being homeless. Consisting of 62 insulated and non-insulated panels the building has a total floor are of 31,990 sq. ft. To address the shortage of long-term affordable housing units, the owners and general contractors needed a construction method that was capable of delivering durable and energy efficient units without sacrificing design flexibility. Tilt-up allowed the structural to be built in quick succession so that other trades could begin work very quickly. To accelerate the schedule and accommodate the additional panels required (wall to floor area ratio 3:1) a casting slab was used. The tilt-up panels were constructed during the winter months and cured using ground thaw units and a heated floor slab. The L shape of the building and location of the casting slab made erecting all of the panels from one location using a 500 T mobile crane. With the interior demising walls be tilt-up as well, once the panels were erected, grouted and tied together braces could be removed allowing for a simple floor installation process. Thickening some of the exterior portions of the panels by 3 inches allowed for a very economical way of breaking up the flat planes that the building was designed with. The exterior of the building used a combination of thin brick and textured paint to give it a clean but durable look. once the panels were finished the Juliette balcony railings were installed directly to the tilt-up panel, eliminating a the need for tedious installation of air and vapour barriers.
The structure is incredibly durable, airtight and a great example of tilt-up’s capability.