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A message to our patients and visitors: Construction to begin at CAMH’s Queen Street site

​CAMH is beginning the next phase of our Queen Street Redevelopment Project on October 26, 2017. Two much-needed new hospital buildings with 235 beds for people with acute and complex mental illness will be built along Queen Street West, and Shaw Park will be enhanced. Construction will continue through the spring of 2020. While the CAMH site will look different for some time, and we will have a large number of construction personnel and equipment on site, there will be no disruption to our hospital services.

As a client or family member, here are some important changes to note:

Fenced-off areas around construction:

Fencing and covered walkways around construction areas will be erected on our site starting October 26. This means that the green space around 80 Workman Way will be fenced off and inaccessible. Construction fencing will also surround a large part of Shaw Park and the green space currently between Gordon Bell Road and White Squirrel Way. 

Map showing construction area

Entering the site via car:

Workman Way will be closed to traffic. White Squirrel Way will be reduced to one lane of traffic. Please use Lower Ossington Avenue or Gordon Bell Road if you are entering the site via car.

Parking:

Street and surface parking on site will be affected, but CAMH parking lots will remain open throughout the construction period. Please allow extra time before arriving at our site to find parking onsite or nearby.

Construction schedule*

October 26, 2017

Construction start

Oct. 26–Nov. 16/2017

Construction fencing and covered walkways erected

  • Surrounding two new hospital building sites along Queen Street south to Stokes Street, with partial green space retained east of White Squirrel Way and north of Stokes St.
  • Surrounding Shaw Park, with partial green space retained north of Unit 2.

Oct. 26–Dec 7, 2017

Mobilization phase

  • Trailers and vehicles on site
  • Tree protection and tree removal
  • Workman Way closed
  • One way traffic begins on White Squirrel Way

Nov. 9–30, 2017

Temporary water & power installed

Dec. 1–21, 2017

Shoring (around perimeter of the excavated area) and excavation work start

  • Some noise and dust; backhoes on site

Feb. 14–28, 2018

Crane installation

  • Two 25 metre tower cranes installed per building

Feb.–March 2018

Foundation installed

April 20–May 17, 2018

Basement installed

May 2018- Dec. 2019

Construction continues

Dec. 2019

Buildings near completion

  • Facility testing to begin

March/April 2020

Testing complete

April 2020

Substantial Completion

  • CAMH begins internal facility testing

April 2–July 31, 2020

CAMH moves into new facilities

*All dates subject to change. When additional information is made available, CAMH will post a revised schedule accordingly.

Noise from construction:

Major construction does not commence until December, 2017. The importance of minimizing noise and disruption for our patients, staff and neighbours throughout the construction period is a priority for CAMH and our construction partners.

We recognize that these changes may cause some inconvenience to our clients, families, staff and partners. We appreciate your patience during this time. Once completed, this phase of the CAMH Queen Street Redevelopment will transform care for patients with complex and acute mental illness, challenge stigma and discrimination, and enhance our city.

For more information about our Queen Street Redevelopment, please contact redevelopment.feedback@camh.ca


Published on October 24, 2017

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