Many months have gone by since we last looked in on SickKids Hospital's new Patient Support Centre (PSC) at 175 Elizabeth Street in Downtown Toronto. The 22-storey building designed by B+H Architects has risen significantly since our last story in August, and now also features yellow and white fins and curtain wall glazing on much of its exterior. As the cladding continues to rise up the tower, crews continue to form the upper levels, now on the 21st of 22 floors. 

Glazing and fin-work on the building, image by UT Forum contributor AlbertC

Nearly all the glazing has been installed at street level, while the dual-coloured fins have made their way about halfway up the tower. From one angle fins look yellow, and from the other they look white, reversed in an alternating pattern as the building's blocks of sculpted floor-plates shift, and offering a unique look from whichever direction onlookers are approaching from. 

Close-up of dual-coloured fins, image by UT Forum contributor AlbertC

The north wall of the building faces into an alley rather than onto the street, and here, multi-shaded white-to-grey tiles are being installed. They will make their way to the full height of the tower here. 

Tile cladding on alley-facing side of building, image by UT Forum contributor AlbertC

The PSC is designed to be a hub of medical specialty collaboration, and will consolidate all core administrative services for Sick Kids together in one building. To that end, it will offer simulation spaces meant to keep the renowned institution's staff on the leading edge of paediatric medicine, and provide event / conference spaces, including a rooftop event space and garden, to facilitate the spread of knowledge. Situated between the main hospital on University Avenue and the SickKids Research Institute on Bay Street, it will be linked to both by an internal PATH system, with a climate-controlled pedestrian bridge over Elizabeth Street.

SickKids Patient Support Centre, image via SickKids

When ground was broken in 2019 for the Patient Support Centre, it was anticipated to open as early as the fourth quarter of 2022. With the challenges from COVID and supply chain delays, the new opening target is Spring, 2023. You can learn more from our Database file for the project, linked below. If you'd like, you can join in on the conversation in the associated Project Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The story has been republished to reflect a new opening date for the building.

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