The Canadian Mental Health Association Cochrane Timiskaming Branch Centre of Excellence, Timmins (Hub)


Together with the City of Timmins, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Cochrane Timiskaming Branch developed a new building in downtown Timmins to house the municipal library and a new Centre of Excellence in Health Care. The facility is also the administrative home of several non-profit tenant agencies that provide programs and services in health related fields.   The building integrated many features that were quite innovative at the time. State-of-the-art information technology features such as videoconferencing were integrated throughout to allow the various occupants to deliver services more effectively to northern and remote communities. In addition, the facility included numerous shared amenity spaces such as meeting rooms, staff spaces and a reception area with a greeter. These features facilitated the occupant organization to function more effectively and at a lower cost.   This building was built with structural wood and demonstrated a beautiful use of the local natural resource.   Capital funding was provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health and several future tenants of the building.


330 Second Avenue, Timmins


61,324 sq ft

Project Cost:

$8.2 million

Construction Cost:

$7.3 million


2003 – 2005


ANO Architects

Construction Cost:

Cy Rheault Construction

Jackson-Brown Associates Team:

Phil Brown
Joanne Jackson


Functional programming
Project planning
Project management
Capital budget development and monitoring
On-site construction supervision

Major Institutions