The Reach Out Centre for Kids is one of Halton region’s largest children’s mental health facilities. Originally constructed in 1992, demand for the Centre’s services and programs increased to 15,000 children, youth and families. Inspired by the large rock formation Ben Bulben, this 3-storey plus lower level expansion sits comfortably on the site, defining its presence through scale, architectural skin and striation. The new addition will provide ROCK with a vibrant, happy, healthy facility designed to provide patients with a sense of clarity and the community with a sense of accessibility. Inviting, accessible and calming this 21,000 sf expansion includes space for teaching, training and two floors of administrative space. The design of the relocated Burlington ‘Ontario Early Years Centre’ (OYEC) responds to the Reggio Emilia’s philosophy suggesting that the natural development of children is intrinsically tied to the close relationships they share with the environment. Through careful and specific openings in the building, the Early Years Centre is connected to the landscape, allowing nature to penetrate and influence the occupants.
ROCK Reach Out Centre for Kids