St. Catharines, Ontario
This state-of-the-art facility named the Branscombe Mental Health Centre, has 40,000 square feet for Pathstone Mental Health offices with 20,000 square feet medical leasable spaces. The Branscombe Mental Health Centre sought to “break the stigma” in seeking help for mental health disorders by creating a signature building that acts as a beacon in the community. The building is not meant to fade into the urban fabric but instead, presented as a dignified edifice, standing proud, thus providing individuals who are suffering with a mental health issue a welcoming and unintimidating centre for treatment. In this regard, it was designed with earth materials, creating a comfortable and approachable building. Wood, stone, brick, and earth tones make up the building’s material pallet, one that is aesthetically pleasing. The building has a large roof wing, designed to shade the building in the summer to lessen the cooling loads and costs, yet allowing solar heat gain in the winter to lessen heating costs.