Project Description

Irene Baron Eden Centre

Residential & Multi-Tenant Housing

About the Project 

Completed in 2008, this wood frame Supportive Living/Housing project was designed and built for the River East Personal Care Home to provide another level of care for people in Winnipeg. The stand-alone 45,700 square foot facility provides 48 suites. The amenity spaces include a full commercial-style kitchen, multi-purpose rooms, dining area, living area and library in each of the four wings. Irene Baron Eden Centre has been described as a flagship model for supportive housing by Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and ahead of its time.

Irene Baron Eden Centre was the first prototype of its kind to truly integrate a senior’s residential facility with personal care home life safety standards. This housing project has been toured by countless groups aiming to build a seniors complex that targets a seniors population that require a higher level of care than typically seen in 55 plus residences, but not quite the institution that a personal care home B2 Occupancy provides.

This true “supportive housing project” has led the way to other centres to include the necessary life safety upgrades such as smoke control, wander guard, widened corridors, and enhanced exiting facilities into a design model. The design creates smaller communities of residents (typically 8-12) that share common living, reading, hobby and eating areas. The smaller groups are under the control of a single caregiver (no nursing stations) who programs all activities from a small kitchen set up with administration capabilities centred in a lively family living room. Suite sizes are 480 square feet, about twice that of personal care homes, and provide a fully wheelchair accessible bathroom including a shower. A small living room and a kitchenette complete the suite with apartment-like amenities.

Project Details


Winnipeg Regional Health Authority


Construction Management

project schedule

9 Months


$7.8 Million

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