As part of the redevelopment project for Toronto’s Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General), the project team is focused on designing spaces that promote therapeutic outcomes, especially for behavioral health patients. Serving as the planning, design and compliance (PDC) architect for the project, CannonDesign is working closely with hospital leadership to ensure that the design of the behavioral health unit is strongly informed by a proven evidence base.
“We use evidence-based design and research to understand how space and elements of space have impact on people’s healing,” says Farah Rahman, leader of our Toronto office, in speaking with CBC. “Environment plays a big part in healing.”
The new design of the Mental Health Services unit will be non-institutional in feel, incorporating soothing indoor and outdoor spaces, common areas for social interaction, natural light and artwork, and will include 46 adult-care beds and six for children and adolescents.
Scheduled to be completed in 2022, the full scope of the Design Build Finance (DBF) project includes construction of a new eight-story patient care tower and a three-story connection, as well as demolition of some existing space and renovations to the existing hospital, according to Infrastructure Ontario. Once completed, Phase 1 will add approximately 550,000 sf to the existing hospital plus 100,000 sf of renovations in select areas of the hospital.