With this phase in the Queen Street Redevelopment Project,
CAMH is delivering what it has promised from the beginning: the
replacement of an institutional campus with a real community setting for
This phase began in early 2010 and is making great strides
towards our vision of providing high-quality and integrated addictions
and mental health care in a revitalized neighbourhood.
It is also the definitive break from the existing institutional Queen Street campus towards the realization of our vision of an integrated, inclusive community that includes new streets, sidewalks, and three new CAMH facilities, which opened their doors in June 2012.
Above a photo of the Bell Gateway Building with the Doctors Association Building to the right.
The Intergenerational Wellness Centre (seen above) combines CAMH’s Child, Youth and Family Program and Geriatric Mental Health Program.
The inpatient unit of the Child, Youth and Family Program in
this building includes 12 new beds for youth between the ages of 14 and
18 who are dealing with both addictions and mental health issues, a
vulnerable and high-needs group. These are the first dedicated beds of
their kind in Canada and reflect CAMH’s commitment to extending
high-quality care to under-serviced groups. A photo of a youth bedroom (shown below).
The Intergenerational Wellness Centre also houses CAMH's
Geriatric Mental Health Program, which combines 48 inpatient beds (photo
of double geriatric bedroom shown below) with a suite of outpatient
programming and supports. The integration of geriatric mental health
inpatient and outpatient programs in one building will simplify and
improve client access to CAMH’s programs and reflects our
client-centered philosophy of care.
A double bedroom in the Geriatric Mental Health Program is used when
patient history indicates that sharing would be appropriate and
beneficial for clients.
The Bell Gateway Building (shown below) is the new
administrative, support service, and outpatient facility, bringing
together a variety of outpatient programs, key central clinical
services, and support and administrative functions required.
The lobby of the Bell Gateway Building is open, bright, and inviting as seen below. Richard Johnson / Richard Johnson Photography Stantec
The Bell Gateway Building also features our client-run "Out of
this World" Café, which is a street-front café with a sidewalk patio
(seen below). This building also houses a state-of-the-art gymnasium.
Below, an evening photo of the Bell Gateway Building with the Doctors Association Building to its left.
Richard Johnson / Richard Johnson Photography Stantec
The Doctors Association Building (shown below) has
several levels of parking spaces, a central plant with heating and
cooling functions for all three Phase 1B buildings, and facilities,
featuring bookable meeting spaces. There are also be client assessment
and training spaces that feature laundry and kitchen facilities. Meeting
rooms with video-conferencing capability can be booked by the community
Oversized windows in all the new buildings, tree-lined boulevards, new roads, sidewalks, and boulevards, as well as the first non-CAMH building (the Ossington-Queen Street Rental Apartments comprising a mix of retail and affordable residential units, not
only give shape to this vibrant downtown community, but animate the
street level in this revitalized neighbourhood.
For more photos of the Phase 1B redevelopment, take the virtual tour.
Integration, Collaboration, and Flexibility
Silos between addictions and mental health treatment are coming
down as CAMH’s programs come together at the Queen Street site.
Furthermore, the Queen Street redevelopment is not just a Toronto story;
in our redevelopment, CAMH will provide clinical training for
physicians, nurses, and allied health care workers. All of Ontario will
benefit from our specialized care.
We can never know exactly how medical science will change
addictions and mental health care in the future, but we can build
flexible buildings that can accommodate changing needs and uses over
time. Through the construction of flexible buildings, CAMH’s
Redevelopment Project will ensure that our facilities can keep pace with
advances in treatment. For more information on flexible buildings, go
to Innovative Site Design.