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Located near the corner of Bathurst Street and Finch Avenue, next to a Toronto District School Board High School, the Bathurst Finch Hub incorporates a range of local agencies delivering services to the community. The new two storey 18,600 SF community hub was completed in 2012.

The Bathurst Finch Hub, for Unison Health & Community Services, includes dental, clinical and community program space funded by MOHLTC and United Way of Greater Toronto, brings together a range of more than a dozen community and complimentary service providers.

Built on Toronto District School Board lands linking community health and public education, with a large community garden & weekend market, it establishes ties to the neighbourhood and demonstrates a sustainable and educational approach to the stewardship of the larger redevelopment. The project dramatically enhances existing site conditions.

An associated teaching kitchen helps to expand upon the importance of proper nutrition, food security and healthy lifestyles.

The building is designed to high energy efficiency standards (43% energy savings over the MNECB) with optimized orientation and solar shading. For occupant comfort, the building provides operable windows for a mixed-mode ventilation system.

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The south face of the building approaching the main entry. The slope of the roof has been designed to accommodate future photovoltaic panel installation.

Below, within the building at the front entry.
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Above, the main entry

Below, a view up the stair, with a wall of light diffusing glass for daylighting of the building interior
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A community room, adjacent to the main entry, was provided with views, shaded by overhangs, looking south & west over the community garden.

Below, at the base of the stair to the community health centre above
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Within the double height space, warm air collects and is exhausted through automatically controlled vents that allow for natural ventilation during suitable times of the year. The building’s exterior profile is sculpted against prevailing winds to create a venturi effect to enhance air flow.
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Completed in 2010, The Hub, mid-Scarborough was the first of a new model of integrated service delivery hubs, initially for West Hill Community Services, now Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities (SCHC). The project provides a range of programs and services under one roof—including community health and dental services, career planning and employment counselling, addiction and mental health services, as well as diabetes education, health promotion and services for seniors.

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At the level of the basement Community Health Centre, the atrium brings natural daylighting from above, and the rejuvenating scents of the plants and the tranquil sounds of the adjacent water feature to the reception and waiting area of the CHC.
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A two storey living wall also provides a focal point for orienting the main floor community spaces, and the skylight above brings daylight deep into the floor plate of the standard commercial plaza space.
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The upper level includes the main community engagement spaces such as the community kitchen, lounge, and larger program rooms.The common response from the community is of delight in that they have been provided a place that is welcoming dignified and engaging and that reflects true interest and care of their community.
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The 20,000 SF Hub includes dental, clinical and community program space funded by MOHLTC and United Way of Greater Toronto.
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The Town of Georgina is York Region's northern-most municipality, located on the shores of Lake Simcoe. It is the province's original "cottage country", with marinas and harbours, sandy public beaches, provincial parks, natural and wildlife sanctuaries, museums, and eclectic shopping and dining.

Working with Georgina, we have created a cultural and creative hub within the former Sutton Public School.

The Town's long-term vision for the facility includes the housing of various non-profit organizations as a Multi-Sector Service Centre, including the Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery, Georgina Trades and Training Inc., and Hospice Georgina. Within the building, the goal is to include amenities such as:
- Central reception area for hub guests and visitors
- Permanent flex space for small organizations
- Meeting rooms
- Gallery space for the display of art
- Event, dining and small conferences space
- A commercial training kitchen


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A view of the ribbon cutting ceremony on opening day.
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A view of the accessible sink in the community kitchen adjoing the main gathering space.
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A detail of the rolling door near the main entrance.
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Looking across the refreshment counter in the hub.
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We helped Working Women Community Centre create their HUB on Victoria Park, pictured in these photos. Working Women is a charitable organization that provides a variety of programs and services, which help immigrant women adjust to living in Toronto. Their Women Support counsellors provide short term counselling and referral for women who are experiencing physical, psychological or financial abuse. They work to build self-esteem, social networks, develop greater independence, and to help their clients understand their rights. The HUB recently celebrated their 5th anniversary.

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A community kitchen welcomes the participants to develop skills and upgrade nutritional knowledge while sharing experiences with their peers.
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A view of the second floor reception at 1527 Victoria Park East.
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As in many homes, the kitchen can become the centre of engagement, and offer the opportunity for people to share experience.