Project led by Robert Ellis while employed at a previous firm.
Montgomery Sisam Architects; Stantec
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
33,000 m² (355,000 ft²)
Structural Engineering Consultant
Toronto Urban Design Award, 2009
Representing the client’s commitment to a warm, welcoming and holistic approach to special needs rehabilitation, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is the largest of its kind in Canada.
With its dramatic sloping roof and cut-away outdoor terraces for both patients and visiting families, the airy, multi-use facility provides frontline inpatient and outpatient care. Also serving as a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, the complex features a state-of-the-art research centre.
The hospital includes a therapy pool, gymnasium, accommodation suites, research labs, family resource centre and a school. Adjacent to a large ravine site, the design of the building maximizes the use of natural light throughout.
Challenge: The building was designed to achieve a specific architectural intent, with tight constraints and many unique feature elements, including cut-away outdoor terraces and a glass canopy.
Solution: Close coordination and collaboration with the architectural team was maintained to ensure structural accommodation of the various building features.