Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce / by Mary Ellen Read

Hawkins Project: New one-of-a-kind condominium under construction downtown  

Rendering by Northern Front Studio

Rendering by Northern Front Studio

A Yukon company, spearheaded by a group of Yukoners, has broken ground and, over the next 15 months, will be constructing a one-of-a-kind condominium living opportunity in the heart of downtown. It will be known as Third & Hawkins.

This 20-unit, six storey condo at the corner of Third Avenue and Hawkins Street will feature outstanding views, with great natural light, aging-in-place features, thoughtful amenities, and exceptional energy efficiency with renewable technology.  

Spokesperson Peter Long, “A group of Yukoners has taken matters into our own hands to build a new choice of housing for active living, flexibility with exceptional features and a sense of community. This is a brand new choice that will help to fill a gap in the housing market.”

Ten units have been pre-sold leaving 10 units still available. For nine units, there are four different layouts to choose from, ranging from 1030 square feet to 1425 square feet. These units feature two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The 10th unit, at 879 square feet on the top floor, is one bedroom, one bathroom. All units include good-sized balconies, quiet, high-level soundproofing, extra storage dedicated to each unit (on the same floor for most units), a ground floor social room, an elevator that will be serviced locally, heated indoor or covered outdoor parking, bike storage and more. 

There are four units on each floor, named for their mountain views. Each unit will enjoy at least two distinct views and some three, all with extraordinary light. They are Grey Mountain (to the east), Golden Horn (to the south), Haeckel Hill (to the west) and Pilot Mountain (to the north). Third & Hawkins is conveniently located in the quiet, friendly south end of downtown with easy, walkable access to Main Street, nearby transit and the Millennium, riverfront and other walking trails.

Third & Hawkins has been designed and engineered with environmental objectives and low cost operations and maintenance top of mind. Peter Long said, “We believe it is the most energy efficient multi-residential building ever built in the Yukon, with custom on-demand heating and cooling in every unit, powered in part by the largest solar/PV installation for a building of this kind in the territory.

To design and build Third & Hawkins, the company retained Yukon architect Mary Ellen Read of Northern Front Studio and the territory’s most experienced condo developer Doug Gilday of NGC Builders Ltd., together with an exceptional team of Yukon and national engineers including special expertise in sustainable buildings, integrated energy systems and acoustics.

Mary Ellen Read said, “This project is exceptional in that it truly is a sustainable building, not just “green washing.” The client, from the very start, knew that the long-term benefit of investing in the best technologies, like solar/PV renewable energy, and passive house building principles, would make this a better building, that the owners/developers would benefit from living in.”

NGC has brought a considerable number of multi-residential buildings and condominiums to the Yukon, and downtown Whitehorse in particular, including many highly regarded ones such as Hawkins on Fourth, The Ledge, Ogilvie Station, Alexander Street Apartments and the Salvation Army building.

A public “Showcase” on Third & Hawkins is being held Thursday, September 27, 5 - 7 pm, 4th Floor Nuvo Building, Strickland at corner of Fourth Avenue. There will be presentations by the architect, builder and others, along with detailed information on site and floor plans, kitchens, bathrooms, appliances and finishings.  

For more information contact: 
Peter Long, President, 536261 Yukon Inc. 
Phone: (867) 334 -2958 
Email: pjl@whitehorsewalks.com

Other contacts:
Architect, Mary Ellen Read, Northern Front Studio 
Phone:  (867) 393-3048 
Email: maryellen@northernfront.ca

Builder, Doug Gilday, NGC Builders Ltd.:  
Phone: (867) 334-5021 
Email: doug@narrowgauge.ca