ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development

ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development, Stantec Architecture

ErinoakKids was delivered via public private partnership (P3) procurement. Stantec served as the Proponent’s Designer and Architect of Record. Parkin Architects served as the Planning & Design Compliance (PDC) Architect.

ErinoakKids (EOK) is Ontario’s largest children’s treatment and development centre, providing treatment, rehabilitation, and support services for children up to age 18 with a range of emotional and physical challenges. To achieve equity of access across the Greater Toronto Area, three sites were selected for development—Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville.

Designed as a prototypical ‘kit-of-parts’ each of the three two-story buildings is organized around a mass timber ‘main street’ and a beautifully landscaped ‘central courtyard’. Play areas, therapeutic programs, and recreational spaces are located along and around these two organizing elements, encouraging therapy, education, and discovery.

The concepts of play, achievement, and memory are key to the design approach. The generous landing of the central feature stair projects into the courtyard and, with its protective shroud, transforms into a ‘treehouse’—the quintessential symbol of ‘play’. Hash marks within the main street floor pattern along with numbered risers on the treehouse stair help measure for progress and achievement for clients.

The walls throughout the facilities incorporate display space for decorative memory tiles, handmade by each child leaving a lasting imprint of their time and achievement at EOK. Unique characteristics of each site inspired site-specific design elements. For example, the Mississauga site is adjacent to train tracks. As a result, a trainspotting nook is incorporated within main street. A beautiful landscaped ravine adjacent to the Brampton site provides a unique surrounding for the one site that offers respite beds as part of its program.