Work on the new Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower is nearing completion in Downtown Toronto, bringing a substantial addition to the St. Micheal's Hospital. Designed by NORR and Diamond Schmitt Architects, the 17-storey, 250,000 ft² addition will soon double the size of the Emergency Department, which currently sees close to 70,000 patients a year—approximately 1.5 times the number the original facility was designed to handle.

Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower nearing completion, image by Stefan NovakovicPeter Gilgan Patient Care Tower nearing completion, image by Stefan Novakovic

On May 31, 2017, St Michael's Hospital opened the first phase of its new Emergency Department, helping to accommodate the growing number of patients seem each year. Meanwhile, curtain wall cladding installation is nearing completion on the building's new Victoria Street frontage as work continues at ground level on the Queen Street corner. Visible work is also underway on the fifth floor, where cladding is being installed along the west façade.

Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower, image by Stefan NovakovicPeter Gilgan Patient Care Tower viewed from Victoria Street, image by Stefan Novakovic

Once completed, the new addition to the hospital will include facilities for orthopedic surgery, oncology and an expanded intensive care units for coronary/medical-surgical patients. Five new operating rooms will also be added to the hospital which will include MRIs, CT scanners and X-rays for patients. 

Work finishing up at the corner of Victoria and Queen, image by Stefan NovakovicWork finishing up at the corner of Victoria and Queen, image by Stefan Novakovic

The Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower is part of the ongoing St. Michael's 3.0 redevelopment project which will bring a complete modernization to the entire hospital. In 2018, work will begin on the new three storey Emergency Wing at the southwest corner of Shuter and Victoria, which will entail the demolition of the hospital's century-old Shuter Wing.

Cladding almost complete, image by Stefan NovakovicCladding almost complete, image by Stefan Novakovic

Additional information and renderings for the project can be found in our Database file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? You can join in on the conversation in the associated Forum thread, or by leaving a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.