Plenary Health has been selected to design, build, finance and maintain the next phase of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)’s Queen Street Redevelopment Project-1C. This phase will see the construction of CAMH’s two signature hospital buildings in downtown Toronto, as well as the extension of Stokes Street through to Shaw Street and the enhancement of Shaw Park.
“This will be the largest and boldest phase of CAMH’s redevelopment project to date,” said Dr. Catherine Zahn, CEO of CAMH, in a press release. “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.”
This fall, Plenary Health will begin construction on the facility, which will provide room for a total of 235 beds for patients with acute and complex mental illness. Research and education spaces will be located within the clinical care environment to provide opportunities for discovery and collaboration that will help advance treatment for patients in the future.
The development includes an eight-storey Complex Care & Recovery building, which will also act as the entrance to CAMH at Queen St. West and Ossington Avenue. This building features a ‘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 patient beds, among other services.
The Crisis & Critical Care building, a seven-storey building on Queen St. West between Gordon Bell Road and White Squirrel Way, will house 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.
Both buildings in the development will feature public art to enhance therapeutic and other spaces and to engage visitors. They will also house retail spaces at street level. Occupancy is expected to begin in 2020.
Plenary Health is a consortium of various companies, including designer-builder PCL Constructors Canada Inc., architect Stantec Architecture Inc., and 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,” said Bruce Sonnenberg, vice-president and district manager of PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto).