Canal Street Veterans’ Housing

Winooski, Vermont

Architect: Duncan Wisniewski Architecture

General Contractor: Stewart Construction, Inc.

Size: 6,000 SF (5 stories + habitable basement)

Project Type: 28 units of transitional housing for homeless veterans



  • Create a welcoming, safe and attractive housing residence for a portion of our citizens who have endured hardships unknown to most of us.
  • The trapezoidal shaped lot and its steep slope contributed to the design challenge and formed the basis for the building’s unusual shape. The large number of units (density 240 units/acre) on such a small footprint necessitated a multi-story building.


  • Using the SHIELD™ load-bearing walls for five stories minimized additional structural steel. Panelizing the walls reduced construction time and time to wait for steel frame erection.


  • Canal Street is an innovative approach to veterans' assistance that will serve as a national example – creating housing, not shelter, for formerly homeless veterans.