Diamond Schmitt to lead design of CAMH’s Secure Care and Recovery Building

For more information, please contact:
Andrea Chin, Communications Director
Email: achin@dsai.ca

Don Schmitt, Principal
Email: dschmitt@dsai.ca

February 20, 2024

TORONTO, ON – Diamond Schmitt is part of the successful PCL Partnerships team who will design, build, and finance the Secure Care and Recovery Building, as part of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Phase 1D Redevelopment. The PCL Partnerships team includes: 

  • Consortium Lead: PCL Investments Inc.
  • Design-Builder: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
  • Design Team: Diamond Schmitt Architects & Architectural Resources
  • Mechanical Design Build Partner: Modern Niagara
  • Electrical Design Build Partner: Symtech 
  • Mechanical and Electrical Consultant: Smith + Andersen
  • Structural Consultant: Entuitive
  • Financial Advisor: TD Securities

CAMH’s forensic mental health program currently operates out of an old, institutional building that was not built for modern concepts of forensic health care. The Secure Care and Recovery Building will strengthen CAMH’s forensic services. Once completed, the Secure Care and Recovery building will include increased bedded capacity to support the forensic mental health program, dedicated family visitation areas in the inpatient units, enclosed outdoor areas to support recovery, outpatient programs, and security and building support services. 

Phase 1D of CAMH’s forensic mental health program is the final phase of the hospital’s broader historic redevelopment. The addition of new facilities at CAMH allows the hospital to continue to provide high-quality mental health care.

CAMH is Canada's largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world's leading research centres in its field. Through the multi-phase transformation of its Queen Street West site, CAMH is turning what was once a walled institution into an inclusive, respectful, and dignified campus that helps break down stigma and better address the unique mental health needs of patients.

Read more about the project and award announcement here.