SickKids – Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning

Toronto, Canada

Project led by Eric Gordon and David Thompson while employed at a previous firm. 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 2,000 staff under one roof.

SickKids – Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning

Toronto, Canada

Project led by Eric Gordon and David Thompson while employed at a previous firm. 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 2,000 staff under one roof.


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Challenge
To incorporate a 250-seat lecture theatre in a multi-storey 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-storey Virendeel truss with no cross-bracing to maximize efficiency of the program space


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