Riverside Lions Estates
was developed to house 50% disabled residents. At
the time of its construction, this was the largest
number, and highest proportion, of disabled residents
in a mixed-occupant project in Canada. A number of
special systems and special details were developed
in order to accommodate the large proportion of disabled
people. These included special elevators, special
entry door systems, special lighting for the blind,
and special wind protection.
At the time of construction there were no National Standards for universal access construction. Cohlmeyer Architecture worked closely with the disabled, with local paraplegic and quadriplegic resource groups, and with Winnipeg’s paraplegic half-way house to establish universal access standards for the building.