Helping change the face of mental health through a unique urban village
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) redevelopment aims to establish a unique urban village that helps society normalize mental health. We’ve been supporting CAMH in achieving this vision since the previous phase, Phase 1B, which included designing inpatient, outpatient, and administration buildings as well as a parking garage.
For Phase 1C, we provided architecture, interior design, landscape design, civil and structural engineering, and operational readiness. This phase features two new buildings that co-locate education and clinical programs, creating opportunities for knowledge exchange and discovery. The McCain Complex Care & Recovery Building serves as the new urban gateway to the campus. In addition to inpatient and outpatient programs, the McCain building includes public spaces such as an auditorium and resource center (with an adjacent garden) to promote public engagement. The Crisis & Critical Care Building includes inpatient units, psychiatric emergency department, outpatient areas, and exterior therapeutic spaces.
CAMH encourages a vibrant streetscape through the retail program and a public interior street which connects Queen Street West to the new open park space. With 9,000 square feet (830 square metres) of commercial and retail space, the streetscape design encourages community integration.
Using input from CAMH patients, families, and care teams, the CAMH redevelopment creates welcoming, uplifting, and non-institutional spaces that provide better care and service for their patients’ health and wellness.
At a Glance
- European Healthcare Design Awards Winner, Mental Health Design, 2021
- European Healthcare Design Awards Highly Commended, Healthcare Design (Over 25,000 sqm), 2021
- Warm welcome: What to consider when designing a modern mental health space
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