The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has opened two new buildings in in Toronto, Canada: the eight-storey McCain Complex Care & Recovery Building and the seven-storey Crisis & Critical Care Building. The new buildings include 235 patient beds in total, and co-locate education and clinical programs to create collaborative opportunities for knowledge exchange, discovery, and learning.
The buildings also feature common areas that reduce stress through art and nature. Community integration is encouraged through street-level retail and green space improvements. The new inpatient rooms are infused with natural light and provide a safe space for patients to heal. The opening of these two buildings marks the completion of the third phase of CAMH’s redevelopment project (Phase 1C). This phase of CAMH’s redevelopment adds approximately 650,000 square feet of new space.
CAMH redevelopment project
Stantec provided architecture, interior design, landscape design, civil and structural engineering, as well as operational readiness for the project. According to Ronald Mar, the principal and architecture lead on the project, the design for Phase 1C reflects the CAMH vision for community integration and normalizing of mental health care across all ages and cultures. “We’re happy to see CAMH’s two new buildings open so that patients can start receiving expert care in these modern, welcoming healthcare spaces. In the midst of the current mental health crisis in our society, we’re proud to be part of the solution that connects people struggling with mental health with a safe place for care and education,” he added.
Dr. Catherine Zahn, president and CEO, CAMH said that, the opening of the two state-of-the art buildings for patient care is the culmination of years of dedication in the service of transforming care for people with mental illness. “I want to extend my most sincere appreciation to Stantec, and all of our redevelopment project partners, who worked with CAMH to design and build these world-class facilities. Your expertise and skill have brought a worthy vision to life,” she added.
Phase 1B of the redevelopment project opened in 2012. KPMB and Montgomery Sisam Architects served as the Planning, Design, and Compliance (PDC) consultants for Phase 1C.