Alternative Housing at Bechtel

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This project supports the Region of Waterloo's strategic focus area(s): An icon representing the Region's strategic focus area Healthy, safe and inclusive communities.

Bechtel neighbourhood with large tree in centre.

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


This project supports the Region of Waterloo's strategic focus area(s): An icon representing the Region's strategic focus area Healthy, safe and inclusive communities.

Bechtel neighbourhood with large tree in centre.

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


  • Building Permit Approved for Bechtel

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    We have reached another major milestone for the Bechtel affordable housing project! The City of Cambridge has approved the building permit application. This means that the homes meet all of the Ontario Building Code regulations. Modifications of the containers continues, with walls, ceilings and flooring now being installed. Once the modifications and onsite work to prepare the property is complete, the containers will be transported to the property and installed.

  • Work set to begin on-site for Bechtel housing project!

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    The Bechtel Street alternative housing project has reached another major milestone in its development. The City of Cambridge has granted the project site plan approval. This means that work can begin on-site to prepare the property for the installation of the six new homes.

    Over the coming weeks, there will be increased activity on the property. This includes trucks coming in and out, workers on-site, and the presence of heavy equipment and machinery. All of this activity is required to prepare the property for the new homes. The work to take place during this time will include:

    • Digging up the existing parking lot
    • Excavating the area where the new building will be located
    • Preparing in-ground infrastructure to service the new homes
    • Pouring the foundation for the new building

    While the on-site work is taking place, the containers will continue being transformed into new homes, with walls and floors to be built next.

    The next step will be receiving the building permit approval, which will allow the containers to be moved from the factory and be installed on-site.

  • The Containers Have Arrived

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    All 18 containers for the new housing at Bechtel St. have arrived on site at the NOW Housing facility where they will be transformed into energy efficient, affordable homes for six households in our community. The pictures below show the before and after transformation that will occur.

    Stay tuned for next steps from the Region, including Site Plan Approval and submitting the building permit application.Before: Shipping containers as they arrive on site

    After: Energy efficient affordable homes



  • Site Plan Application & A Look at the New Building

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    The Bechtel Street alternative housing project has reached a major milestone in our development! The City of Cambridge is now reviewing the Site Plan Application. The review is to ensure the development is safe, efficient and meets all policies and regulations.

    The Bechtel Project Team is also excited to share two images of the building. One is from the view of the existing building on the property and the other is the view from Bechtel Street. The colour and design elements reflect feedback received from the neighbourhood meetings held in December.

    Next steps for the Region include responding to any questions or comments that arise during the Site Plan Review and beginning the work required to obtain a building permit.


    View from the existing building
    View from Bechtel Street



  • On-site soil and rock testing on January 19

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    DST Consulting Engineers Inc. will be on site at the Bechtel property on January 19th, 2021 from 8:00am-5:30pm, weather dependent. They will be testing the soil and rock conditions underground. This work will help determine the type of foundation and paving materials needed for the new six-unit housing complex. The work will be performed by a drill rig that will complete small test holes in various, preplanned locations.

    The work will be slightly noisy and the contractor will require access to the parking lot during this time.

    Tenants of the building will receive notices directly from Region of Waterloo Facilities and WRH with additional information and instructions for parking relocations.

    Region of Waterloo Project Coordinator, Nolan Smith, will be on site at the beginning of the day to ensure the consultant has everything they need to complete the scope of work.

    If you have any questions about this work please send an email to: Bechtel@regionofwaterloo.ca or call 519-575-4400 ext 3443.

  • Meet the Developer

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    Meet the Developer

    The alternative housing coming to 127 – 161 Bechtel Street now has a developer, and you’re invited you to learn how these new homes will be built in your community. We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback and questions around how these new homes will enhance your neighbourhood and the broader community.

    We are hosting two virtual neighbourhood meetings so that the developer, NOW Housing, can showcase their ideas for the property. During this meeting, there will be an opportunity for you to provide feedback on things like building design and greenspace.

    If you would like to attend one or both of the virtual neighborhood meetings, please register at the link(s) below for the meeting(s) you wish to attend. After you give register, you will be sent the zoom link to the meeting by email.


    Monday Dec 21 from 10-11am Register here

    Monday Dec 21 from 7-8 pm Register here

    If you would like to participate in the on-line meetings but do not have access to a computer, please call 519-575-4400 ext. 3443 and leave a message. We will call you back with a way to join by phone. If you require other accommodations to attend this meeting, please email Bechtel@regionofwaterloo.ca or call the number above and leave a message.

    A recording of the presentation will be made available on this page after the meeting. In addition, the community will have another opportunity to provide input on the ideas for the property through a survey that will be posted after the meetings.

  • A developer team is recommended

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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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    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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    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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    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.


Page last updated: 15 November 2021, 13:18