Origin At Longwood
Nanaimo, BC


Provision of programming input, design collaboration with local BC architect of record, Rafii Architect Inc. of Vancouver, to represent the interests of the Ontario-based operating partner. This two phase development consists of 110 units of assisted living in a 4 storey wing. An adjacent 3 storey wing above a single level of underground parking contains a 32 suite ground floor ADL unit and Independent Living rental suites on the upper storeys for an overall total of 176 suites.

This 4.5 acre, heavily forested site required planning committee variances for building height and parking and the building was carefully sited to maximize retention of many mature trees. Significant consultation with local ratepayers groups and municipal planning staff was undertaken.


It became apparent at the outset that Mr. Murphy was interested in ensuring that the final building met the diverse requirements of the client and the end users. He demonstrated extensive knowledge of the specialized needs of the residents and staff, knowledge that did not exist in the various regulations and codes but was obviously garnered through previous experience with the design and operation of such facilities.
— Terry Morton - InSight Developments