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The traditional model of mental health and addiction rehabilitation treatment that kept patients shuttered away an outdated model that created a negative stigma around patients.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.
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