By Anthony Capkun
February 22, 2022 – The Muriel Ross Abdurahman Court project in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., will incorporate energy efficiency technology as it pursues net zero energy status.
Located at 9410-94th Avenue, the project will create 83 new homes in a 4-storey building.
Named in honour of former Alberta Legislative Assembly Member and Mayor of Fort Saskatchewan, Muriel Ross Abdurahman, the project will incorporate both traditional wood construction and modular elements, like shipping containers.
Some of the technologies that will be employed include solar PV arrays on the roof and parkade, a high-performance building envelope, efficient lighting, heat pump, and heat recovery systems.
The building will be owned and operated by Heartland Housing Foundation and offer a variety of housing options to meet the different needs of families, seniors, those living with disabilities, and young singles.
“Demand for these units is already quite high, and we are pleased to see how the community has embraced this development,” said Mike Derbyshire, chair, Heartland Housing Foundation. “Our hope is that Muriel Ross Abdurahman Court will be a place that generations of leaders, like Muriel herself, will grow up and thrive in an inclusive and vibrant community.”
The total investments by all parties for the development of the project is nearly $17.3 million, and includes:
• $6.51 million from the Government of Canada, through the National Housing Co-investment Fund.
• $2.89 million from the Government of Canada through Natural Resources Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund.
• $6.27 million through the Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta’s Bilateral Agreement under the National Housing Strategy.
• $1.11 million from the City of Fort Saskatchewan and a $500,000 federal tax rebate.
Construction is underway, with completion estimated by Fall 2022.