Alternative Housing at Bechtel

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Welcome to the Bechtel EngageWR page! Thank you for your interest in this innovative affordable housing project planned for the Bechtel community in Cambridge.

The project slated for 127-161 Bechtel will be the first in Cambridge to house smaller, more energy-efficient and cost-effective affordable homes.

Visit and subscribe to this page to receive project updates and for opportunities to give feedback. Your involvement will ensure these homes are designed in a way that fits well in your community’s space.

The Region will start working on this project in August, asking builders to propose different types of alternative housing. Options include tiny homes, container homes, or modular homes with one or more bedrooms. See the "Key Dates" section for more details on the process.

We will look to you for feedback on things like green space, green building features, and design features. Ensuring that we develop this space in a way that works for the whole Bechtel community is really important.

This project will make a huge difference in the lives of many people waiting for an affordable home. It is urgently needed and is supported by the City of Cambridge and the Region of Waterloo.

We look forward to working with you on this exciting development.


Welcome to the Bechtel EngageWR page! Thank you for your interest in this innovative affordable housing project planned for the Bechtel community in Cambridge.

The project slated for 127-161 Bechtel will be the first in Cambridge to house smaller, more energy-efficient and cost-effective affordable homes.

Visit and subscribe to this page to receive project updates and for opportunities to give feedback. Your involvement will ensure these homes are designed in a way that fits well in your community’s space.

The Region will start working on this project in August, asking builders to propose different types of alternative housing. Options include tiny homes, container homes, or modular homes with one or more bedrooms. See the "Key Dates" section for more details on the process.

We will look to you for feedback on things like green space, green building features, and design features. Ensuring that we develop this space in a way that works for the whole Bechtel community is really important.

This project will make a huge difference in the lives of many people waiting for an affordable home. It is urgently needed and is supported by the City of Cambridge and the Region of Waterloo.

We look forward to working with you on this exciting development.


  • A developer team is recommended

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    10 Nov 2020
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    The Bechtel Alternative Housing Project in Cambridge has a proposed developer.

    The project’s evaluation team is recommending that Now Housing and Masters of Building Assembly supply and install the units planned for 127-161 Bechtel St.

    The recommendation will go to Council for discussion on November 17th and a decision on November 25th.

    The report with the recommendation will be posted on the Region’s website today by 4:30 p.m. as part of the agenda for the November 17th meeting. The report itself will be posted on this Engage page in the Key Document section as of November 11th.

    You can view the meetings on YouTube and register to speak through the clerk’s office.

    If approved, next steps will include the developer gathering input from the community on the design of the alternative housing.


  • Council Approval Date Changes

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    23 Oct 2020
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    The call for development proposals for alternative housing at Bechtel closed October 7th. A team of staff from relevant departments, including housing and finance, are evaluating the proposals according to the design guidelines approved by Council and informed by community input. The guidelines require developers to consider:

    • Where the new units will be located in proximity to the existing buildings;
    • How the new units will blend with the existing buildings; and
    • How landscaping and community spaces will be incorporated.

    The proposal that best meets these guidelines will go to Committee of the Whole on November 17th and Regional Council on November 25th for final approval.

    The developer will gather design input from the Bechtel community in December and/or January.

  • The Expression of Interest has been posted

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    27 Aug 2020
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    The Region of Waterloo is now accepting expressions of interest for the development of 127-161 Bechtel Drive. Developers will incorporate feedback from the community into their submissions for alternative housing. The deadline to submit an expression of interest is October 7th. View the Expression of Interest document here.

  • Preliminary Design Feedback and Next Steps

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    11 Aug 2020

    The feedback we received from you through email and the Town Hall meetings on the design of the Bechtel Alternative housing is now posted on this Engage page in the "Documents for Download" section. This feedback, along with best practices for urban design, has been incorporated in the proposed design guidelines (pg. 123 of the Committee Agenda) that will be presented to the Community Services Committee (CSC) on August 11th. If approved at CSC, they will go to Regional Council for final approval August 20th.

    You can continue to call the Bechtel line (519-575-4400 x3443) or email Bechtel@regionofwaterloo.ca if you have other feedback or questions.

    The developer for this project will be chosen in early November. They will be required to share the drawings of their proposed concepts for the site with the community. We will provide an opportunity through Engage for you to provide feedback on the concepts before moving forward to ensure that your concerns are addressed.