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Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre

On the journey to wellness

  • LEED

    Gold Certified

  • 19K

    Square Metres

  • Hamilton, Ontario

    Hamilton, Ontario

Designing a care facility guided by the themes of journey, discovery, and community connection

Built on a brownfield site in the city’s east end, the new Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre (RJCHC), is set to become a catalyst for urban regeneration in this re-emerging Hamilton neighborhood.

RJCHC houses Canada’s largest prosthetics and orthotics manufacturing, assessment, and fitting facilities (for children and adults). The facility also accommodates a wide variety of pediatric, rehabilitation, medical, and mental health services.

One of our most significant design challenges was that the RJCHC serves clients between the ages of 2 and 18.  So, the design couldn’t be juvenile or childish. Respecting this age diversity, our theme solution was journey, discovery, and connections with community. We knew that this approach could be appreciated on multiple levels while remaining playful at the same time.

Familiar materials on the façade—glass, stone, brick, and colored panels—arranged in a rhythmic pattern project a playful face. Extensive gardens soften the urban site and create outdoor therapy space at grade and within secure terraces on upper levels.

At the heart of the facility, a two-story family resource center connects to a full-height light well, welcoming clients and families. With client and family experiences at the core of the design, the new Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre empowers users who have cognitive, behavioral, and physical challenges.

At a Glance

Proponent's Designer
PDC Architect
Montgomery Sisam/Perkins+Will
Meet Our Team

Deanna Brown, Principal

I’m driven to provide creative, efficient planning and designs that improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of society.

Ena Kenny, Principal

My hope is to create uplifting spaces that serve people, and support the health of people and the planet.

Michael Moxam, Vice President, Architecture

Every intervention impacts the public realm and contributes to community building. This is both our opportunity and our responsibility.
Michael Moxam Vice President, Architecture Read More

Natalie Petricca, Associate, Architect

I focus on creating healing spaces that can empower and inspire—especially for the most vulnerable within our communities.

Elisa Costa, Associate

Everyone experiences their built environment in different ways—my goal is to create more patient-centered spaces that promote healing.

Deanna Brown


Ena Kenny


Michael Moxam

Vice President, Architecture

Natalie Petricca

Associate, Architect

Elisa Costa


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