The Greater Toronto Area has seen unprecedented amounts of capital spending in the Health Sciences sector over the last several years, a trend only being reinforced with commencement of construction of the latest addition at the University Health Network's Toronto Western Hospital site. Designed by specialist architecture firm NXL in association with architecture and engineering giant Stantec, the Bathurst and Dundas West location of the hospital will use its land more intensively when complete.
The Krembil Discovery Centre will be a 9-storey new wing mostly on the east side of the complex. Its 325,000 square feet will include 170,000 square feet of neuroscience research laboratories over five and a half floors, as well as outpatient rehabilitation treatment floors connected to the Hospital. The Krembil will house state-of-the-art biomedical research facilities for some of Canada’s leading medical researchers. Seen from the corner of Bathurst and Nassau streets, the addition will mostly rise behind existing wings.
Here's how the new wing will fit into the site.
Looking west on Nassau Street
Looking north on Leonard Avenue
Unique to the new facility is the ‘Sky Lobby’, a series of two-floor glass enclosures built into the corner of the structure designed to promote collaboration between research groups.
An elevator lobby
UrbanToronto member urbandreamer's photo shows us the start of construction at the site. Completion is expected in 2013.