Forensic Services + Coroner’s Complex

Toronto, Ontario
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
49,000 m2 | 528,000 ft2
Scope of Service:
Planning, Design and Compliance
Smith Group JJR (PDC)
Stantec Architecture/MWL Architects (Design Architect and AOR)


Gold P3 Award, Best Designed Project, 2015

AIA Certificate of Merit, 2014

One of the largest facilities of its type in North America, the Complex houses a consolidated forensic laboratory, medicolegal autopsy, and coroner’s courts complex complete with courtrooms. Also included are a number of laboratories (including a Containment Level 3 (CL3) lab), classroom environments such as collaboration zones, and a CL3 morgue. The facility is one of only a few in the world that combines such highly specialized spaces.

WZMH’s design features an expansive central atrium connecting five floors of labs with a block of offices. This clerestory-lit atrium, with its abundant natural light, promotes wellbeing for lab and office workers, while also creating a common space that encourages synergies between the two groups of personnel. Natural lighting is also provided in the autopsy room and viewing gallery for doctors, investigators, and forensic professionals.

The building is designed to meet the latest industry standards for energy efficiency, sustainability and environmental design and is LEED Gold certified. WZMH provided planning, design, and compliance architectural services for the Design Build Delivery of this Complex, which consolidates the services of the Office of the Chief Coroner and the Centre of Forensic Sciences into one state-of-the-art facility.