Saskatoon, SK

The Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre

The Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre for Mental Health, situated on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River near Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is a 64-bed Mental Health Centre designed to offer a client-centered environment and enhance coordination of mental health services and training. The facility consists of 54 beds for adults and 10 beds dedicated to children and youth, including a specialized adolescent unit.

The design concept for the Centre revolves around harnessing the scenic views of the South Saskatchewan River to contribute to the healing process. Collaborating with Cannon Design, aodbt worked closely with the Health Region stakeholders to ensure that each room’s placement was thoughtfully considered in relation to the river. The goal was to create an environment that would draw patients towards spaces that best suited their needs. The building combines private rooms, picturesque vistas, modern architectural elements, and a traditional Tyndall-stone exterior to create an open and uplifting atmosphere conducive to recovery and therapy for individuals living with mental illnesses.

The Centre’s layout prioritizes common areas and activity spaces on the river side, utilizing large windows to maximize natural light and provide access to the scenic views. Nursing stations are strategically positioned to enable staff to monitor activities in common areas and along the unit’s corridors. Additionally, a mini-unit of close observation suites is located in proximity to the nursing station to cater to higher-risk patients. The placement of support rooms was carefully considered to efficiently serve both patients and staff.

Safety and security were paramount in the design, with measures in place to protect both patients and staff. The river-facing side of the building is elevated to maintain patient confidentiality, and various lock-down and override options are accessible to nursing staff to ensure proper control of the facility. The design also includes mechanisms to separate patient populations when necessary while allowing freedom of movement through the facility during suitable times. The building’s construction prioritizes durability and resistance to vandalism while maintaining a soothing and calming ambiance.

Strategically located within the city and on the site, the extensive use of Tyndall stone on the west facade integrates well with the Royal University Hospital site and the broader University campus. The building’s lower-level design allows the development behind it to maintain its river views, contributing to its prominence within the community.

Project Details


$19.8 Million




75,853 sq. ft.


Prime Consulting, Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Contract Administration

Awards and Publications

  • Saskatchewan Masonry Design Awards, Award of Merit (2013)