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Request for Qualifications Issued for Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Phase 1C Redevelopment Project

First step in the procurement process to pre-qualify project teams

TORONTO, March 16, 2015 - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have released a request for qualifications (RFQ) to design, build, finance and maintain the facility's Phase 1C Redevelopment Project.

The redevelopment project will see the construction of two modern buildings along Queen Street West that will integrate innovative treatment, research and education facilities with retail spaces, parks and the surrounding neighbourhood. The project will result in the new construction of approximately 600,000 square feet of new build space, which will include:

  • inpatient and outpatient clinical services for people with complex mental illness, including emergency care and therapeutic supports
  • research and educational facilities
  • information and resource facilities

The project will also see the extension of roads, parks and green space improvements and restoration of heritage structures.

The project will adhere to the guidelines and sustainability principles of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system, with a goal of achieving the LEED® Silver certification. LEED buildings focus on healthy indoor environments, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and efficient use of energy, water and other resources.

The RFQ is the first step in the procurement process to select a team to design, build, finance and maintain the new facilities. Submissions will be reviewed to pre-qualify project teams with the design, construction and facilities management experience as well as the qualified personnel and the financial strength to deliver a project of this size and complexity. These teams will then be invited to respond to a request for proposals, expected to be released in fall 2015.

In advance of issuing the request for qualifications, IO and CAMH contracted Montgomery Sisam Architects and KPMB Architects as the planning, design and compliance team for the redevelopment project. The planning, design and compliance team establishes the guidelines and performance requirements the successful development team must meet when preparing their submissions for the project. Montgomery Sisam Architects and KPMB Architects will also monitor construction progress and provide coordination and oversight services throughout the course of the project.

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Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"The CAMH redevelopment project is a great example of our government's commitment to improving mental health and addictions services for the people of Ontario.  CAMH is a leader in the field of mental health and addictions care and research, and I am proud to support their efforts in expanding and bettering their services and ensuring those experiencing mental health and addictions challenges are able to access high quality care in a state-of-the-art healthcare facility."

Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
"Our government is proud to continue investing in social infrastructure upgrades, like redeveloping the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. This project will generate significant economic development in the Greater Toronto Area, and provide high quality healthcare services to Ontarians."

Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO of CAMH
"This is the next step in our transformation of care for people with mental illness. Our new buildings will be designed as respectful and dignified spaces that promote healing and recovery. They will support our academic mission as we work to advance mental health locally and globally, today and in the future. This phase of our redevelopment will contribute to the vitality of our community and advance the positive changes we are seeing in social attitudes toward mental health."


IO and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with CAMH to expand the facility, which will remain publicly owned, controlled and accountable.

IO is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario that works to deliver public benefits through partnerships with the private sector. IO delivers large, complex public infrastructure projects using a made-in-Ontario modern procurement and project management practice called Alternative Financing and Procurement. IO also partners with the private sector to manage one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and eligible public-sector clients with loans to renew public infrastructure, and leverages its private-sector expertise to advise the provincial public-sector clients on commercial transactions.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, and one of the world's leading research centres in its field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.

For further information: Adam Cotter, Infrastructure Ontario, 416-212-0637; Kate Richards, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 416-595-6015

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