Eleven months after SickKids Hospital broke ground on their 22-storey, B+H Architects-designed Patient Support Centre at 175 Elizabeth Street along Toronto's Hospital Row, steady progress is being made. The project was kickstarted by several donors, including the Peter Gilgan family, whose $100 million donation was announced in June of last year. 

Looking north to SickKids Patient Support Centre, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

Before construction could begin on a new building, in Spring, 2019 crews from PCL and Priestly Demolition began demolition of the Postmodern style Elizabeth McMaster building, an eight-storey laboratory and administrative building that was constructed between 1983 and 1987. Following its clearance, a ground breaking ceremony was conducted last October, followed by shoring and excavation. With that now complete, a crane was recently installed at the base of the excavated pit.

Looking north across site of SickKids Patient Support Centre, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

This crane now allows forming of the two underground levels to proceed. There will be no parking garage here; instead, the B2 level will house simulation spaces, a computing room, and service and storage spaces, while B1 will contain an Enwave heating and cooling plant to the south, washrooms and change rooms in the centre, and a mix of service rooms, cistern, and bicycle parking at the north end.

Looking north across site of SickKids Patient Support Centre, image by Forum contributor AlbertC

The Patient Support Centre is the first phase in SickKids’ wider Project Horizon, a large-scale redevelopment project that will renew virtually all care and support areas of the campus. This first Project Horizon building will be home to SickKids Learning Institute, capable of housing 1,000 employees, students, and learners annually, while also providing a variety of collaboration and activity spaces accessible to all staff from across the campus. The second phase planned is The Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower, a new acute-care hospital tower set to house critical care and inpatient units, while a third phase would see renovations carried out to other existing areas of the campus. 

SickKids Patient Support Centre, image via submission to City of Toronto

With construction well underway on the first phase, the Patient Support Centre is targeted to open as early as late 2022. Additional information and images can be found in our Database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment below.

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