Almost one year after Bondfield Construction was awarded the contract to construct a 17-storey addition to St. Michael's Hospital on the northeast corner of Queen and Victoria Streets, the project's construction has reached a major milestone. When we last provided an update on the site's progress back in August, shoring work had been completed and excavation was underway, and in the months since, a crane has been raised and the building's below-grade structures have been completed.

St. Michael's Hospital, Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower, TorontoConstruction at grade for St. Michael's Hospital addition, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor drum118

Concrete was recently poured for the ground level of the NORR Architects and Diamond Schmitt Architects-designed addition, a 250,000 square foot facility to be named the 'Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower' in honour of the Mattamy Homes founder and philanthropist's generous $30 million donation to the project.

St. Michael's Hospital, Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower, TorontoConstruction at grade for St. Michael's Hospital addition, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor drum118

The new space introduced by the addition will house expanded facilities for oncology, coronary care, and orthopaedic surgery, while an expansion of the Emergency Department—to be named in honour of a $10 million donation from the Slaight family—is taking place on another corner of the hospital site. That expansion will nearly double the Emergency Department. Built for 45,000 annual visits, Emergency now sees more than 75,000 per year.

St. Michael's Hospital, Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower, TorontoConstruction at grade for St. Michael's Hospital addition, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor drum118

Upon completion of the Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower, currently slated for 2017, the hospital's existing Shuter Street Wing is planned to be demolished and eventually replaced with a new modern wing.

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