pacific autism family centre (PAFC)
richmond, british columbia
garth ramsey at nsda, project architect
*photos courtesy of derek lepper

The  PAFC building is a centre for children with Autism. It includes an  information and assessment centre, a youth and child treatment centre,  multi-purpose rooms and flexible space for tenancies.

the crossing
keremeos, british columbia


The Crossing is an addiction treatment centre for Youth. The land and existing buildings were donated for this use by the Central City Foundation in 2007. The existing buildings were renovated, some were relocated. Additional buildings were added to provide a commercial kitchen and classroom spaces. The crossing opened in 2009.

czorny alzheimer centre
surrey, british columbia
garth ramsey at nsda, project architect

Built in 2006, the Czorny Alzheimer Centre is a thirty-six bed facility for people with Alzheimer's disease. Particular attention to detail and innovative solutions were necessary to suite  the unique requirements of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Those needs informed all aspects of the design including way-finding, security, noise, light, scale, character and temperature- to name a few. 

elizabeth barnett terrace

new westminster, british columbia

garth ramsey at nsda, project architect


The Elizabeth Barnett Terrace is a twenty-three unit supported independent living apartment building which opened in 2001. The goals of this program were to provide safe and affordable housing, to foster independent living, to provide the least restrictive environment possible, and to prevent the need for hospitalization through Individual Service Plans. 

shannon oaks
vancouver, british columbia 

garth ramsey at nsda, project architect


Opened in 2001, the Baptist Housing Society commissioned a Senior’s Independent Living facility to be built in Southeast Vancouver. The units at Shannon Oaks were designed with elderly people’s needs at the forefront. Particular care was taken to encourage community contact. Suite entries incorporate a shelf for bags and other items which might be in hand, direct lighting over the door and a window into the suite with a blind.