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Stantec Architecture part of consortium for CAMH project on Queen Street West


March 16, 2017
by Canadian Architect

Image courtesy of CAMH

Image courtesy of CAMH

CAMH has announced Plenary Health — a consortium of companies including Stantec Architecture — as its partner to design, build, finance and maintain the next phase of the Queen Street Redevelopment Project–1CThis phase will see CAMH’s two signature hospital buildings installed on Queen Street West, transforming care for patients, breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness, and building the city. 

“This will be the largest and boldest phase of CAMH’s redevelopment project to date,” says Dr. Catherine Zahn, CEO of CAMH. “Two light-filled and environmentally friendly buildings will open the doors to our community even wider. They will create dignified spaces for our patients to receive care and support for recovery.” 

Beginning in Fall 2017, Plenary Health will start construction of these new hospital facilities with 235 beds for patients with acute and complex mental illnesses. Research and education spaces will be co-located within the clinical care environment to create opportunities for discovery and collaboration that will advance treatment for the patients of the future.

CAMH is opening up its 27-acre site—once the home of the ‘Provincial Lunatic Asylum’—and building Canada’s leading hospital for mental health as part of the community.

The eight-storey Complex Care & Recovery building—the urban entryway to CAMH at Queen St. West and Ossington Avenue—will feature a unique ‘therapeutic neighbourhood’ for patients, a culinary-grade training kitchen, a Patient and Family Mental Health Resource Centre, a 300-seat auditorium, a brain stimulation centre, a simulation training centre, and 110 beds for patients with complex mental illnesses, among other services.

The Crisis & Critical Care building, a seven storey building along Queen Street between Gordon Bell Road and White Squirrel Way, will feature 125 acute care beds, CAMH’s 24/7 Emergency Department and urgent care clinics, the Partial Hospital Program, Transitional-Age Youth Day Program, and more. 

Designed for healing, CAMH’s new buildings will be planned around the patient’s journey and support a best practice, recovery-based model of mental health care, with acute care bed ‘pods’ on each inpatient floor to allow a patient at any phase of their recovery to be cared for on any unit. This seamless, flexible, patient-specific care model will improve the patient experience and recovery. 

Both buildings will feature public art to enhance therapeutic and other spaces and to engage the community and all who visit. They will also provide retail spaces at street level. Buildings are slated to begin occupancy in 2020. This phase also includes the extension of Stokes Street through to Shaw Street and the enhancement of Shaw Park. This will further link CAMH to the grid of the city and integrate the hospital into the community.

“The full Plenary Health team impressed us with their deep commitment to CAMH’s vision of transforming lives through recovery-based buildings woven into the fabric of the community, their approach to partnership and to bringing the CAMH Phase 1C facility vision to life,” said David Cunic, CAMH’s VP of Redevelopment and Support Services.

Plenary Health is a consortium of a number of companies, including:

  • Developer: Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd. and PCL Investments Canada Inc.
  • Designer-Builder: PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto)
  • Architect: Stantec Architecture Inc.
  • Financial Advisor: Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd.
  • Facility Manager: ENGIE Services Inc.

“As design-builder and equity investor as part of the Plenary Health CAMH team, PCL is honoured to build CAMH’s vision for the third phase of its bold redevelopment project that will transform the way care is delivered and influence the future of mental health and addictions treatment,” says Bruce Sonnenberg, Vice-President and District Manager, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto).



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1 Comment » for Stantec Architecture part of consortium for CAMH project on Queen Street West
  1. Harold A. Maio says:

    —–breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness

    You do mean educating those who direct that prejudice, do you not?

    I do not recall the Women’s Movement wasting time on “breaking down the stigma of rape”, they told us point blank to stop asserting it, we had done enough harm.

    Don’t be fooled into lending this version credence. It is the selfsame ruse.

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