, a television personality known as "Canada's most trusted contractor" joined Alberta’s largest Aboriginal housing developer, Métis Capital Housing Corporation (MCHC)
, and representatives of all three levels of government (including Mayor Don Iveson) to cut the ribbon and officially open Renaissance Tower.
People have been moving into the complex since December of 2013. The building has seven storeys and 90-units, and is located on 95 Street between 104 and 105 Avenue. Alberta Métis, Aboriginals, and people with disabilities over the age of 55 in need of affordable housing are making Renaissance Tower their home.
A third of the units are outfitted with features designed for the disabled, including walk-in showers, five-foot turnaround free space in each room and adjustable counter tops for people with mobility issues.
Mike Holmes and his organization, the Holmes Group, were engaged by MCHC to provide expert consultation and project management. This partnership ensured the project met sustainable and energy-saving targets, while serving as a model for future affordable housing development.
Another unique aspect of Renaissance Tower is its sustainability features. It uses a 0.38MW (megawatt) natural gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) micro co-generation system, provided by ENMAX Energy. The system is mounted on the roof, and will provide residential heat and hot water to the tower, as well as the neighbouring 150-unit Melcor YMCA Village.