TORONTO—Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Infrastructure Monte McNaughton were in attendance at the topping off ceremony for the new CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) building redevelopment at CAMH’s Queen Street West campus in Toronto on Jan. 30.
The $685-million project will see 655,000 square feet of new space added to the campus, according to the Infrastructure Ontario website.
The project team, Plenary Health CAMH, was announced as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance and maintain the facility in March 2017 and construction began that October.
Team participants are Plenary Group (Canada), PCL Investments Canada, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto), Stantec Architecture and ENGIE Services.
The day of the ceremony was also Bell Let’s Talk Day, a point noted by McNaughton in his remarks.
“Today, in the world of architecture, design and construction, we talk about the impact every decision can have on a patient’s outcome. And it is amazing to think about all those decisions at work here at CAMH,” he said.
“Through design, CAMH is breaking down the stigma of mental health and addiction, removing the barrier between ‘us’ and ‘them.’ ”
Features of the project include research and educational facilities, the extension of roads, parks, green space improvements and the restoration of heritage structures.
The redevelopment is targeting LEED Gold and is aiming to meet City of Toronto Green Development Standards.