A Padded Safe Space for Toronto Hospital

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Apr 24, 2023 5:28:55 AM


    With the rise in mental health awareness, we welcome opportunities to participate in projects that foster such development. For one of our recent projects, we were proud to have been invited to lead a project at Canada’s largest research facility for mental health and addictions.

    The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is the result of an amalgamation of four separate facilities - the Queen Street Mental Health Centre, the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, the Addiction Research Foundation, and the Donwood Institute. 

    Over the past decade, the hospital has gone through a number of improvements, including the completion of three new buildings and today, has 90 distinct clinical services across inpatient, outpatient, day treatment  and partial hospitalization models.

    Working alongside our partners at ABCO, we were brought in to the project to help design a unique set of custom pads for a new safe space being designed in the hospital. Having worked with a variety of hospitals across the Greater Toronto Area, ABCO is an experienced and trusted partner and we immediately dug into the project together.


    With the need to pull in additional assets, we included the team at Ash Stevenson on this project as well. With their installation expertise, it was vital that they too were involved in the early stages of the project.  With both teams sending representatives to visit the Toronto campus, accurate measurements and additional details were acquired. Given the varied nature of designing these types of rooms, each project is nuanced in its own way and assessing these variances is the key to success in the planning and design stages.

    It was agreed that the padding be fire-rated to ensure the utmost safety of patients. After taking detailed measurements, the quote was delivered and quickly accepted by key stakeholders at the Toronto institution. Following some detailed design approvals, it was sent to production and our team quickly got to work.


    With the product shipped directly to location, we worked in tandem with both ABCO and Ash Stevenson to ensure the installation went smoothly. With custom cutouts for windows, doors and switches, these installations can be intricate. With attention to detail being the driving force behind everything we do, the installation was completed on time and on budget. The results speak for themselves and yet another safe space has been provided for those when they need it most.

    We would like to thank everyone who made this project possible and look forward to many more in the future.


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