Banff YWCA
Affordable Residential Development

The Banff YWCA Affordable Residential Development will be a new three-storey multi-family building located within the existing YWCA Banff campus. It will provide a total of 33 units, five of which are barrier-free. A unique construction type, the project will be built using 62 shipping containers, steel construction and wood-frame construction.

This project will meet NetZero energy performance and shadows WELL standards. The NetZero performance was achieved through a combination of a robust building envelope design, efficient mechanical systems that incorporate heat recovery, efficient electrical design (including LED lighting throughout), and integration of photovoltaic panels on the roof.


Banff, Alberta


Banff YWCA


24,400 ft2

LOLA Team: 

Maria Landry, Daniel Vera, Erica Lowe

Consultant Team:

RJC Engineers – Structural
Arrow Engineering – Mechanical, Electrical, Civil
Morrison Hershfield – Building Envelope
EcoAmmo Sustainable Consulting Inc – WELL Consultant
SkyFire Energy – PV Consultant
818 Studio – Landscape
Level Playing Field – Accessibility



Renderings by LOLA Architecture