There’s a massive new development coming to Toronto’s Discovery District.
Designed by B+H Architects, the development is a 22-storey Patient Support Centre (PSC) located on The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) campus, and is set to create “a new precedent for healthcare workplace design in Canada.”
The new building will feature an “undulating façade, blue ribbon staircase encased in glass, and interdisciplinary education and simulation spaces that will bring physicians, nurses, hospital administration and foundation employees together in a light-filled environment.”
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“The design of the new Patient Support Centre provides an important architectural framework for a workplace environment designed to transform the way SickKids works,” says Patrick Fejér, Project Lead and Senior Design Principal at B+H.
“The PSC is being designed to create an inspiring environment that supports the needs of healthcare providers, fosters collaboration and helps to accelerate innovation.”
The Patient Support Centre is the first phase of Project Horizon, which is the SickKids campus redevelopment plan which aims to build an “inspired, re-imagined hospital of the future.”
The PSC will house a café and retail atrium at the ground level, which opens up the corner of Elizabeth and Elm streets. This space will activate the public realm, creating a new social hub and destination for the surrounding community.
The lower floors, which will also be accessible to the public, are proposed to include educational and simulation space, learning institute, library and conference centre.
An enclosed pedestrian bridge establishes an integral link on the SickKids campus, connecting the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning (PGCRL) and the hospital’s main atrium.
“I’m really excited about this new environment, which will facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration,” said Peter Goldthorpe, Vice-President, Transformation, SickKids.
“It supports our mission to create an innovative workplace that will retain and attract the best talent possible,” continued Goldthorpe.
Demolition of the Elizabeth McMaster building is currently underway, and while the PSC construction is anticipated to bein late 2019 or early 2020, the completion date is anticipated for late 2022.