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Redevelopment update to Queen Street community

CAMH values our relationships with our neighbours and keeping them updated on our redevelopment is always a priority. On June 1, about 25 interested community members came to hear our partners speak about the third phase (1C) of our redevelopment.

Jennifer Clarke, CAMH executive director, planning design and operational improvement, provided an overview of the extensive consultation process, which established design principles and developed the request for proposals to design and build the third phase of our redevelopment. She said that the bidders worked with CAMH for over a year to understand design requirements before the winner, Plenary Health, was chosen to design, build, finance, and maintain these facilities.

CAMH Queen Street Redevelopment - Phase 1C rendering
Architects Ronald Mar and Stuart Elgie, lead design architects from Stantec Architecture, walked the group through their approach to design. Notably, they were also designers who were part of the second phase (1B) Project Co. team. They talked about their commitment to the project and to CAMH’s vision. “It means a lot to contribute to the revitalization of CAMH and how it is expressed … breaking down barriers. CAMH is a vital part of the city,” said Mar. 

In their presentation, they featured some of the enhanced green spaces, including a significant green space behind the new Crisis & Critical Care building between Gordon Bell Road and White Squirrel way. They also talked about the enhancements to Shaw Park, including a planned water feature, play area, respite and calm areas. 

They also talked about some of the design elements. For example, the City of Toronto required that each building design feature a two-storey frontage or podium facing out to Queen Street West in order to fit into the fabric of the west Queen West neighbourhood. 

CAMH Queen Street Redevelopment Rendering
They noted that in both new buildings, no patient bedrooms will face Queen Street West, which is important for patient privacy and dignity. Most patient bedrooms will have a view of nature or green space, important for patient recovery.

Bruce MacPherson from PCL Constructors talked about the proposed construction schedule, which will see excavation begin this December, followed by two cranes erected at each building site in early 2018. Additional details of the construction schedule will be made available on our website in the coming months. He said that they are trying hard not to disrupt the flow of the site, and will minimize disruption for the staff, patients, as well as the residents of the affordable housing apartment building at 100 Lower Ossington Avenue. 

CAMH Queen Street Redevelopment Rendering
Attendees had many questions, including about heritage preservation and smoking on Queen Street, and took time at end of presentation to review the image boards and chat with the presenters.

The next community meeting will take place in the Fall. 

Should you have any questions about our redevelopment, please email redevelopment.fedback@camh.ca.


Page published on June 23, 2017

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