Toronto South Detention Centre
Etobicoke, Ontario
Infrastructure Ontario / Ontario Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services
Our firm, in association with Schenkel Shultz Architecture, was a finalist in a 3P submittal with SNC Lavalin. This Design, Build, Finance, Maintain (DBFM) submission for a new correctional facility was intended to replace the existing Mimico Correctional Centre. It was deisgned to be a 83,000m2 (890,000 SF) medium-security correctional facility for adult male inmates serving a sentence of 2 years less a day in Ontario.

The program consisted of:

• 1,650 beds including Administrative, Segregation, Medical, Mental Health Assessment, and Protective Custody Housing Units

• A 300 bed Toronto Intermittent Centre

• Reception area with vistas

• Admitting and Discharge

• Administration

• Program Services / Records Office

• Staff Facilities

• Food Services

• Health Services / Clinical Area

• Maintenance and Building Services

The building exterior was designed to set the standard for future developments in the Mimico neighbourhood, the Etobicoke district and the City of Toronto. The exterior design represents a civic structure that does not resemble a prison or a detention facility but rather a pleasing architectural addition to the community at large promoting the Mimico neighbourhood as a sage and secure area for people in which to live and work. The interior is designed to influence a positive behavioural attitude amongst inmates, families, visitors and the TSDC’s personnel. The building’s rectilinear design provides safety and security for inmates and TSDC’s staff and enhances functionality, operability and maintenance.

The building design utilizes fully integrated, leading edge, security and building systems that will be the benchmark for detention facilities around the world.

Architect: Edward J. Cuhaci and Associates Architects Inc. and Schenkel Shultz Architecture, Orlando, Florida.

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