Project led by Eric Gordon and David Thompson while employed at a previous firm.
Diamond Schmitt Architects
Hospital for Sick Children
Structural Engineering Consultant and Building Envelope Consultant
Located on a constricted downtown site in Toronto’s Discovery District, a medical and biotechnology corridor, the 21-storey building consolidates SickKids Hospital’s research programs, bringing together 2000 staff under one roof.
Located at Bay and Elm Street and representing the largest high-rise research building in Canada, the 850,000-square-foot building contains research labs, learning and assembly spaces, meeting rooms, a tele-education room, a 250-seat auditorium, informal gathering areas, and two levels of associated underground parking. On the ground floor, retail and restaurant spaces serve both building tenants and the public. Structural design included shoring and underpinning on all sides of the building to address the L-shaped site, and structural elements to support the feature, curved glass wall, striking frontage for the Centre along its Bay Street side.
Challenge: To incorporate a 250-seat lecture theatre in a multi-story building, with minimum impact to adjacent building programs.
Solution: The 250-seat auditorium was located in the low rise podium to reduce transfer structure requirements. The transfer was achieved with a two-story Virendeel truss with no cross-bracing to maximize efficiency of the program space.