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Reach Out Centre for Kids
Patricia Williams, Daily Commercial News, May 24, 2012

Bryan Baeumler Talks about Healthy Foundations
Bryan Baeumler, Toronto Star, June 29, 2012


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

project team

Tania Bortolotto
Alex Horber
Jerry Lin
Cherry Yeung

consultant team

3D Renderings, Yusef Frasier
Acoustical Engineer, Aercoustics Engineering Inc.
Building Code Consultant, David Hine Engineering Inc.
Civil Engineer, Bronte Engineering Limited
Cost Consultant, Clare Randall Smith Pendelbury
Energy Model, Opresnik Engineering Consultants Inc.
Landscape Architect, PMA
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer, LKM Division of SNC Lavalin
Soil & Environmental Consultant, Terrapex Environmental Ltd.
Structural Engineer, Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
Vertical Transportation Engineer, Soberman Engineering Inc.

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