March 8th, 2017
In some very exciting and local (see: one block away from the studio) news, the A+ team as a member of the Plenary Health Team and in collaboration with PCL Constructors and Stantec Architects have been awarded the contract to planning and development on two buildings within the CAMH Queen Street Redevelopment Project. The win comes after over a year of careful planning and proposal work by the A+ team, and represents a huge gain to our studio’s portfolio of hospital work and accessibility consulting services.
The buildings we’ll be working on are—for the time being—known exotically as ‘D1’ and ‘B1’ or Phase 1C 2014-2020. D1 will provide outpatient and emergency oriented care and B1 will facilitate in-patient care and community services. Both of these buildings, and in turn our involvement, represent a much needed reworking of the buildings and in the way we address and support people with disabilities and mental health illness. The forward-facing, outward approach of our proposed redesigns grant us the opportunity to be actively involved in removing the stigma facing those with mental health illness and shape the way facilities like CAMH deliver care to all persons with a range of abilities. Work like this moves beyond inspirational design and pushing forward best practices of accessibility in universal design, it also allows us to give back to the community that we work in every day.