Sudbury Architects Build Mobile Trailer for SACY
The Sudbury Youth Action Center (SACY) will soon have a new way to offer outreach services throughout the community and provide people with a place to warm up when the temperatures drop.
For over a year, a group of architects from Sudbury have been working with the awareness agency on plans for a mobile awareness trailer.
Mike Ladyk, with 3rdLine Studio Architects, said the conversation started early during the pandemic, when SACY had to change the way it delivered services, which resulted in customers often waiting outside in the cold, due to the physical distancing requirements.
Ladyk, who is also a former member of the SACY board, began to explore the possibility of constructing an extension on the SACY building, but quickly determined that it would be “almost inaccessible” both legally and financially, due to narrow property lines and other considerations.
The conversation quickly evolved into the idea of a mobile trailer, and the Northern Ontario Society of Architects successfully applied for a grant from the Ontario Association of Architects to help cover the costs.
Thanks to the grant, along with other donations, community partners and many volunteer hours, the trailer is now almost complete. Ladyk estimates the total cost to be around $ 10,000.
“It was a labor of love,” Ladyk said.
“Meet you where you are”
The trailer was designed to be pulled behind SACY’s car, and when the tailgate is folded down, it can be extended into a space of approximately 4 meters by 1.5 meters.
SACY’s Harm Reduction Awareness Coordinator Karissa Cantin said the number of people the organization serves is growing every month. His hope is that the new trailer will allow outreach workers to connect with more people across the community.
“I would love to see this trailer used because we’re going to meet you where you are,” Cantin said, adding that she hopes that over time people will recognize the trailer and “know it’s a safe space to go and talk. “
Cantin said she was amazed by “how a community has come together and turned a simple little idea into a bigger thing.”
Ladyk said the project was a natural fit for a group of architects, as people who “create social environments” through their work.
“We have kids, we have families… we drive in this city, we live in this city, we see the problems here,” Ladyk said. “It’s just money well spent.”