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Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Phase 1B

Transforming mental healthcare to support those who need it most

  • 570K

    Square Feet

  • 3


  • LEED

    Gold Certified

  • Toronto, Ontario

    Toronto, Ontario

A forward-thinking design that normalizes mental healthcare

The traditional model of mental health and addiction rehabilitation treatment that kept patients shuttered away an outdated model that created a negative stigma around patients. Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is changing that.

While several mental health facilities have incorporated a public-private spatial hierarchy to achieve a normalized environment, none have gone as far as CAMH, whose three separate European-scaled, transparent buildings on 27-acre grounds have become part of downtown Toronto’s urban fabric. The facilities include youth and geriatric inpatient unit, outpatient clinics, gym, administration and parking. The goal to weave the facility into the fabric of the community by offering services like a street side cafe that doubles as a client training centre, a public gymnasium, and a gallery to showcase the art therapy program. Operating under the recovery model of care, CAMH has blurred the lines between public and treatment space so clients can transition back into the community and thrive.

This project was delivered via public private partnership (P3) procurement. Stantec served as the proponent’s designer and architect of record. Services included architectural, interior design, mechanical, electrical and structural engineering, and sustainable consulting services. The project is LEED® Gold Certified.

At a Glance

  • PDC/Design Exemplar: C4 Architects
P3 Bulletin Awards Best Designed Project – Silver Award, 2014
Behavioral Healthcare Design Showcase, Award of Merit, 2014
Meet Our Team

Trent Hunter, Associate

I treat each of my projects as a new design problem to solve—and each client as a new collaborative partner.

Maria Ionescu, Senior Medical Planner

Healthcare spaces need a balance between technology and empathy by fostering un-mediated human contact and a connection to nature.

Ena Kenny, Principal

My hope is to create uplifting spaces that serve people, and support the health of people and the planet.

John Maccarrone, Senior Principal

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also— knowing that my efforts, energy, and contributions have resulted in improved health for thousands is a treasure that I hold dear.

Michael Moxam, Vice President, Architecture

Every intervention impacts the public realm and contributes to community building. This is both our opportunity and our responsibility.
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Stephen Phillips, Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Buildings

As an architect, I have to consider that people inhabit the spaces I design. Every element should enhance and support the human experience.
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Trent Hunter


Maria Ionescu

Senior Medical Planner

Ena Kenny


John Maccarrone

Senior Principal

Michael Moxam

Vice President, Architecture

Stephen Phillips

Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Buildings

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