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Sister Margaret Smith Addictions Treatment Centre

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“Design that supports the core values of the client in an environment that boasts ample daylight and a direct connection to the outdoors.”

Located in Thunder Bay Ontario, the Sister Margaret Smith Centre provides residential and non-residential services for the treatment of addictions including drug and alcohol, gambling and eating disorders, amongst others.

The new building has been arranged around two landscaped courtyards and incorporates offices, classrooms, research facilities, residential units and a multi-denominational sacred space for clients, the Thunder Bay community and beyond.

North-western Ontario is comprised of a largely rural population many of whom, for both work and recreation, spend a great deal of time outdoors. It was deemed very important therefore to create a built environment that had ample access to daylight and a direct connection to the outdoors. The two courtyards, one for residential clients and one for the non-residential clients, provide a safe and secure environment and are an integral part of the therapy.

The Centre has been designed to support the Core Values of the St Joseph’s Care Group which are: compassionate and holistic care, dignity and respect, faith based care, inclusiveness and truthfulness and trust. This is most evident at the main hall of the building known as the Hall of Recovery which organizes the three main components of the program in a dignified, calm, welcoming and comforting setting. Three large round roof windows, looking to the heavens, represent the Windows of Hope: one for each of the mind (therapy rooms), body (gymnasium) and soul (spiritual space).

This project is LEED Gold certified.

This project is in association with Form Architecture.

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Completion Date: 2009
Project Type: Healthcare
Building Size: 52,000 sq. ft.
LEED Status: LEED Gold Certified


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