Ontario Construction News staff writer
Toronto’s SickKids Hospital is preparing to start construction of two major buildings, the first of which will break ground this October.
The first structure, the Patient Support Centre, will house the SickKids Learning Institute with 1,200 world-class trainees, a Simulation Centre for hands-on teaching, and provide 6,000 professionals, management and support staff with up-to-date spaces to do their best work, the hospital says in a statement.
“The second building, the Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower, will house critical care and inpatient units. It will reflect the very latest in medical design: private one-family rooms, dedicated mental-health beds, a state-of-the-art blood and marrow/cellular transplant therapy unit, specialty operating theatres, advanced diagnostic imaging facilities, and a vastly expanded emergency department,” SickKids said in a news release announcing a $100 million contribution from the Peter Gilgan Foundation, which it described as the it’s largest-ever contribution.
In 2017, the hospital said it had closed a $300 million offering of series B Senior Unsecured Debentures, to finance the hospital’s multi-year infrastructure transformation project.
B & H Architects has designed the new 22-storey patient support centre, and PCL will build the structure. Engineering consultants include Entuitive and The Mitchell Partnership.
“SickKids’ current infrastructure is not meeting the needs of today’s patients,” Dr. Michael Apkon, the hospital’s president and CEO, said in 2017. “To address both current and future needs, we require spaces that are flexible, accommodate evolving technologies, and take into account rising hospital patient activity and acuity.”
“We are at an important crossroads. Investments in physical infrastructure are urgently needed to ensure Ontario’s children receive the best care available. Our investors will play an integral role in addressing today’s challenges while bringing our future vision to life.”
Crews are currently demolishing the eight-storey Elizabeth McMaster Building at Elm and Elizabeth Streets (built in 1982), to make room for the Patient Support Centre at 175 Elizabeth St.