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CAMH marks completion of largest redevelopment phase in its history

DCN-JOC News Services
CAMH marks completion of largest redevelopment phase in its history
CAMH — The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto officially opened two new buildings and moved its emergency department to the new location on Queen Street. The opening marks the official completion of the largest phase of campus redevelopment in CAMH history. Pictured is the lobby in the Crisis and Critical Care Building featuring art from Rebecca Baird.

TORONTO — The third of four phases of the largest redevelopment in Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) history were officially completed recently with the opening of the Crisis and Critical Care Building and the McCain Complex Care and Recovery Building.

The two new buildings, with 600,000 square feet of space, will feature 235 inpatient beds. Other major enhancements to the CAMH Queen Street campus include the new Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kacham Emergency Department, the only one in Ontario devoted exclusively to mental health treatment 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

It will also include an enhanced therapeutic recovery and healing environment inside and outside the new buildings and consolidate education and clinical care to one location.

“The CAMH Phase 1C project demonstrates how public and private partners can bring together great design, effective risk transfer and true collaboration to deliver incredibly complex projects,” said Brian Budden, president and CEO of Plenary, in a statement. “Plenary is honoured to have delivered these essential new facilities that will support mental health research and education and improve services and support for care providers and those living with mental illness and addictions.”

“We’re thrilled to mark completion of the largest phase of CAMH’s campus redevelopment that will advance the future of mental health and addictions treatment,” said Bruce Sonnenberg, vice-president and district manager, PCL Constructors Canada. “I’d like to commend our partners and over 450 tradespeople whose commitment to safety enabled us to complete two facilities on an active hospital campus during a global pandemic, with over 1.5 million hours worked without a lost time injury.”

See a time lapse video of the construction below.

 

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