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The Sister Margaret Smith Addictions Treatment Centre earns Montgomery Sisam a High Commendation for Mental Health Design from the International Academy for Design and Health.

The Design & Health International Academy Awards is the leading global advocacy programme recognising professional excellence in the research and practice of designing healthy built environments.

Distributed at the Academy’s 7th World Congress and Exhibition held in Boston this past weekend, the awards recognized Montgomery Sisam for their achievement in designing environments for those with mental health and addictions issues – specifically the Sister Margaret Smith Addiction Treatment Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The Centre, commissioned by St. Joseph’s Care Group, provides residential and non-residential services for the treatment of addictions including drug and alcohol, gambling and eating disorders, among others. Highlights of the design solution include ample access to daylight and a direct connection to the outdoors. Two courtyards, one for residential clients and one for non-residential clients, provide a safe and secure environment and are an integral part of therapy.
At Montgomery Sisam all our projects for those with special needs share a fundamental philosophy in their approach: our goal is always to create normalized settings that are reassuring and empowering for patients, but also accommodating for families and staff as well as the surrounding community.
The Sister Margaret Smith Addictions Treatment Centre is targeting LEED Gold certification and was completed in collaboration with FORM Architecture.

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