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Toronto's Casey House redevelopment

Tuesday, 08 March 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Important landmark facility in downtown Toronto is being majorly reworked in a project that will expand its capacity to serve those living with HIV/AIDS in the community

  Toronto's Casey House redevelopment

From The Casey House website: 

Building on our history, experience, and expertise, and after rigorous study and planning, we will establish a unique facility that will include a new Day Health Program and will bring all our services under one roof. 

Honouring the values of excellence and compassionate care established by our founders, our new home will be a 58,000 square foot glass and brick facility, which will embrace the designated heritage house at the corner of Jarvis and Isabella Streets. 

The 1875 residence (once known as the “Grey Lady”), a gift by a generous and visionary donor, will be carefully renovated as part of the new home for Casey House, bridging the past and the future. A new addition along Isabella Street will create a spacious, light-filled home, merging our hospice and community outreach services with the new Day Health Program. 

This new and prominent presence on a busy Toronto thoroughfare will firmly establish Casey House as a health care leader, and HIV/AIDS as a critical health care issue. 

Occupancy: 2016 

Features of the new facility:

  • a massage therapy room
  • volunteer lounge
  • learning and education centre
  • variety of meeting rooms to accommodate client activities and community groups
  • rooms for quiet time for clients and their visitors
  • administrative offices 

Beautiful heritage features will be restored to the mansion, once the pride of Jarvis Street. 

The Victorian garden facing Jarvis Street will be stunningly landscaped, offering a peaceful place for clients and their loved ones to enjoy, and for neighbours to appreciate as well. 

The new health care facility, attached to the Jarvis house, will be designed with clients and their needs in mind. It will comfortably meet the accessibility requirements that result from aging, reduced mobility and complex medical challenges. A central atrium will bring sunlight into all three floors and provide an oasis of calm visible through the many windows. 

•The ground floor will welcome clients and visitors with an inviting living room, stone fireplace and our reception and intake offices. It will feature extensive community, education and meeting spaces, along with a large dining room to seat 100 people – many who are often malnourished – for a hot, nutritious, daily meal. 

•The second floor will be home to the Day Health Program, featuring a nursing clinic, allied health services such as psychiatry and social work, group therapy and activity rooms, individual counseling rooms, observation rooms for student learning, physiotherapy and exercise studio, and an art therapy studio. 

•The third floor will be home to our Inpatient Program, for individuals who need intensive care, post-operative care, respite, or help while getting established on or changing medication regimes. Individual rooms have ensuite washrooms. The floor will have a private kitchen, and 14 bedrooms, two of which will be reserved for respite care. 

•The fourth floor, housing administration offices, will also feature a conference room and a large rooftop garden for clients and visitors to enjoy. 

The new building will feature an abundance of natural light to help with the healing process and an interior courtyard that will bring light in to all three floors of the interior. The exterior of the new building, which is designed by renowned architect Siamak Hariri,will be reminiscent of a quilt, using different materials such as reclaimed brick. This represents the memorial quilts, made by volunteers in remembrance of the people in our Casey House community who have been lost to HIV/AIDS. 

Most important, the new Casey House will allow us to double our capacity, which will have an immediate and long term impact on the health and well-being of many more people living with HIV/AIDS in our community 

From Infrastucture Ontario: 

The follwing video features the Casey House Facility Replacement Project which is being delivered using IO's Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model. Located in downtown Toronto, Casey House is a specialty HIV/AIDS hospital with community programs including home nursing care and outreach. The project involves the renovation of an existing heritage property and the incorporation of a new 58,000-square-foot facility that will expand their capacity to serve those living with HIV/AIDS in the community. This video explores the inspiration for the architectural design, the impact of the new facility and the benefits achieved through IO's AFP process. For more information, please visit: http://www.infrastructureontario.ca  

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